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Re: EMILE package testers sought

On Mon, 4 Feb 2008, Brad Boyer wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 01:47:12PM +1100, Finn Thain wrote:
> > If you make /boot HFS, the kernel is limited to a read-only mount, and 
> > so you'd need special tools to write to it: hfsprogs, hfsplus and/or 
> > hfsutils. So installing kernel debs isn't going to be much easier.
> The 2.6 kernels should have working r/w support for both HFS and HFS+ 
> (with some minor exceptions like journalling mode on HFS+ or HFS-X). 
> Have you tried it recently? I know it was broken back in the old days, 
> but Roman has done a good job of updating them for 2.6.

You are correct -- I just checked Kconfig in 2.6.22, the help text for 
both HFS and HFS+ say read-write.

But I remember using HFS+ for a linux root filesystem (around 2.6.22, I 
was dual booting Mac OS X) and it ended up getting corrupted (a pity, 
because it was certainly fast enough for the task). I don't know whether 
the kernel got fixed and I don't know whether HFS is more reliable than 
HFS+. Regardless, for a low traffic partition it should be fine (certainly 
worth trying on models without emile support or without SCSI).

> Setting creator codes and such is probably easier with the user space 
> tools, but just creating files and writing to them should work better 
> using the kernel support.

There's no need for extended attributes for our purposes though.


> 	Brad Boyer
> 	flar@allandria.com

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