[sf-lug] recommendations on file system
sverma at sfsu.edu
Tue Mar 27 11:47:24 PDT 2007
Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Sameer Verma (sverma at sfsu.edu):
>> Does anyone have suggestions for a filesystem that's writeable from XP
>> and Linux and supports large (4GB+) files so that I can use this
>> partition from both OSes?
> Ext2 IFS for Windows
> Notable points:
> o 4 GB+ files are supported. Accessing one for the first time sets a
> flag bit so that ridiculously ancient sub-2.2 kernels know not to
> mount the filesystem read/write, thereafter.
> o Access rights are not maintained.
> o Dotfiles are given no special presentation within MS-Windows.
> o Access is denied to "special" files (which fortunately doesn't matter).
> o ext3 volumes are fully readable, but without journaling functions.
> o Licence appears to be gratis-usage proprietary "freeware" [sic],
> i.e., lawful for any usage or redistribution, but with no right to
> modify; driver source code is unavailable. Binary i386 binary
Sorry for replying on this bit late.
I came across another Ext2 FileSystem driver for Windows:
I've been using it for some time now. Seems to work well. Given the
choice of NTFS and Ext2/3, I decided to go with Ext camp simply because
we know how it works and its not going to be [potentially] held hostage
by a third party. Cannot say the same for NTFS.
As I usually use Linux (I don't boot into Windows unless I *really* have
to) if I can read from and write to Ext2/3 partitions from both sides, I
am quite happy.
Thanks for all the pointers.
Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA
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