ext4 and LiLo

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ext4 and LiLo

Post by thenktor » 21. Aug 2009, 16:11

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>>> One thing is sure : ext4 online defragmentation can break lilo (in case
>>> the /boot directory is defragmented, which is unlikely to ha, but could
>>> theoretically happen) ...
>>>
>>> Lilo access the kernel by block, not by extent :)
>>>
>> I know what you are talking about, but is there any evidence for this? I mean: 
>> Was it discussed before? AFAIK Slackware uses ext4 as default and Lilo?
>>   
> Because the online defrag code is not yet in the kernel (was expected 
> in 2.6.29, so should come soon), and maybe because Pat Volkerding 
> can't think about everything :)

And because LILO is considered deprecated , so devs have more to say 
about backporting ext4 support from grub2 to grub1 than caring about LILO ;)
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Re: ext4 and LiLo

Post by thenktor » 21. Aug 2009, 19:27

Doesn't seem like a huge issue to me. If you're going to defrag a
partition with your kernel, run LILO afterwards (and hope the power
doesn't fail during defrag). Better yet, don't defrag a partition with
/boot.

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Re: ext4 and LiLo

Post by gapan » 22. Aug 2009, 22:44

I don't think it's a huge issue either. But maybe we should make xfs the default filesystem anyway? I'm still using it everywhere and in every new installation I make.
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Re: ext4 and LiLo

Post by thenktor » 23. Aug 2009, 16:15

If you're going to defrag a
partition with your kernel
I guess I have to run a program to defrag the partition? So it should be no problem to use ext4. i'm using ext4 on my root partition (convertet from ext3) since some time now.
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Re: ext4 and LiLo

Post by gapan » 23. Aug 2009, 18:34

Yes, apparently with an e4defrag tool that isn't even there. ;)
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Re: ext4 and LiLo

Post by thenktor » 24. Aug 2009, 14:14

So my vote goes for ext4+lilo as default ;)
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Re: ext4 and LiLo

Post by thenktor » 24. Aug 2009, 14:15

So my vote goes for ext4+lilo as default ;)
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Re: ext4 and LiLo

Post by gapan » 24. Aug 2009, 14:16

2 votes from you + 1 vote from me then :D
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Re: ext4 and LiLo

Post by thenktor » 24. Aug 2009, 14:17

Fine :mrgreen:
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Re: ext4 and LiLo

Post by JRD » 24. Aug 2009, 18:50

I take the second vote of thenktor for me :) :) :)
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