Binary package “e2tools” in ubuntu lucid

utilities for manipulating files in an ext2/ext3 filesystem

 E2tools is a simple set of utilities to read, write, and manipulate
 files in an ext2/ext3 filesystem.
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 The purpose of these utilities is manipulating ext2/ext3 filesystems
 from userspace without the need for mounting them, so that they can be
 used directly by normal users.
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 Included utilities are e2cp, e2mv, e2rm, e2mkdir, e2ln, e2ls and e2tail.