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Re: quick question about ext2/3 resizing

From: Peter Jay Salzman
Subject: Re: quick question about ext2/3 resizing
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2002 13:30:19 -0700
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hi andrew!

begin Andrew Clausen <address@hidden> 
> On Fri, Jul 26, 2002 at 01:19:06AM -0700, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> > i'm sure you've been asked this a million times, but i can't find the
> > archives for this mailing list...
> > 
> > i just used parted for the first time (to resize /var).  it was quite
> > easy to use.  the only snag is that i couldn't get it to use the reiser
> > libs.  it kept complaining about about library version mismatch.  my
> > parted version is
> > 
> > ii  parted      1.6.2-1      The GNU Parted disk partition resizing progr
> > 
> > and the reiser libs i installed is progsreiserfs-0.3.1-rc3.
> Ah, right.  Yura said he was going to send me a patch!  Anyway, you
> could try an earlier version of progsreiserfs...

ai, chihuahua.  i didn't know "which direction" i should go in trying
out a new version of progsreiserfs -- upgrade or downgrade.   i wasn't
sure whether i had to hit "the right version" or "a range of right
versions" if you get my drift.

> > are there any future plans to allow parted to change the start of an
> > ext2/3 partition?  or is this just not possible for these filesystems?
> It is possible, but it requires journalling for crash recovery (eg:
> power failure).  I've decided this is definitely worth doing...
> it's a special case of a harder problem, which I'm currently thinking
> about how to solve.  (i.e. the convertfs problem.  Yes, I am still
> thinking about convertfs!)
heh.  linux is just getting more and more featureful.  that's cool!

reiserfs won the "first journaling system in the linus kernel without a
patch" award, so i converted all the partitions of all my systems to
reiserfs.  that took well over 24 hours when you include the time to
make backups.

then, a few months ago i found there's no corresponding "debugfs" for
reiser partitions.  i found this out after deleting an important file
and debugfs told me it couldn't read reiser partitions.  doh!

so then i started to switch all my partitions back to ext3 (by this
time, ext3 support appeared in the unpatched linus kernels).  i like
being able to undelete my files if i have to.

convertfs would be a very welcome program!  almost as welcome as lifting
that parted constraint.   ;-)

thanks for the reply (and the software!)

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