Well, I don't partition all of the space on every new disk I buy
straight away, I partition off what I think I'll need, and leave the
> > that the only reason to do it would be if you
> > could do it on a read-write filesystem without unmounting it.
> IMHO even if it requires the filesystem to be unmounted, it would
> still be useful. More challenging to use - you'd have to boot and run
> from ramdisk, but much more useful than not being able to convert at all.
Only if it is the root filesystem, the filesystem of which generally
isn't going to affect overall performance that much.
> > What I'd like to see is union mounts which allowed you to mount a new
> > filesystem of a different type over the original one, and have all new
> > writes go to the new fileystem. I.E. as files were modified, they
> > would be re-written to the new FS. That would be one way of avoiding
> > the performance hit on a busy server.
> But useless unless you have a second disk lying around that you don't
> use for anything but filesystem conversions.
Not at all. You can just use unpartitioned space on your existing
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