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Re: whazzup with fat16 ?

From: B.Hakvoort
Subject: Re: whazzup with fat16 ?
Date: Sat, 07 Aug 2004 10:35:08 +0200

On Sat, 2004-08-07 at 03:04, Andrew Clausen wrote:

> The problem is that FAT has strict requirements on the number of
> clusters, the size of clusters and the size of file allocation tables.
> Microsoft operating systems often ignore these values stored in the
> superblock (boot sector), and compute them directly from the size of the
> file system!!!
> To maintain these strict relationships, Parted often needs to change
> the cluster size.  Unfortunately, Parted can't increase the cluster
> size - only reduce.  So, the Parted resizer is constrained by Microsoft
> weirdness + it's own cluster resizing limitations.
> Cheers,
> Andrew

Ok, thanks for the explanation. I guess i should politely inform users
about this and advise them to change their filesystem to fat32 then.

Now we're on the subject of filesystem limitations.. Is there any change
libparted will be able to move the start of ext2/ext3/reiserfs in the
near future? Is someone working on this and does he need help ?



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