Re: File System conversion -- ideas
Jesse Pollard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mon, 30 Jun 2003 08:05:59 -0500
On Sunday 29 June 2003 01:57, rmoser wrote:
> I know I spout a ... wtf? HTML composing? *attempts to eliminate*
> I know I spout a lot of crap, and wish I could just do it all (can we get
> a "Make a small device driver for virtual hardware in Linux 2.4 and 2.5"
> tutorial up on kernel.org?!), but I think I've got some good ideas. At
> any rate, the good is kept and the bad is weeded out, right?
> Anyhow, I'm thinking still about when reiser4 comes out. I want to
> convert to it from reiser3.6. It came to my attention that a user-space
> tool to convert between filesystems is NOT the best way to deal with
> this. Seriously, you'd think it would be, right? Wrong, IMHO.
> You have the filesystem code for every filesystem Linux supports. It's
> there, in the kernel. So why maintain a kludgy userspace tool that has
> to be rewritten to understand them all? I have a better idea.
> How about a kernel syscall? It's possible to do this on a running
> filesystem but it's far too difficult for a start, so let's start with
> unmounted filesystems mmkay?
> **** BEGIN WELL STRUCTURED MESSAGE ****
> I'm going to go over a method of building into the kernel a filesystem
> conversion suite. I am first going to go over a brief overrun of the
> concept, then I will draw up a roadmap, and then I will explain why I
> believe this is the best way to solve this problem.
Whats wrong with:
mount old filesystem
mkfs newfilesystem on different disk
mount new filesystem
cd old filesystem
tar -cfp - . | (cd new_filesystem; tar -xfp -)
Which is what I do.
If I MUST do something more in-place replacement....
1. backup to tape
2. backup to tape (never hurts)
3. verify tape
4. umount old_filesystem
5. mkfs new_filesystem (same disk)
6. mount new_filesystem
7. restore from tape
A lot longer. but there is no "kludgy userspace tool that has to be
rewritten to understand them all".
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