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GAVollink 01-13-2004 09:34 AM

Does FreeBSD support existing partitions and ext3 filesystems?
I have a 156GB - ext3 linux filesystem on [/dev/sda7] (RAID5) that I really don't want to try to back-up (onto 223 CD-ROMs).

This machine is at the point in which I have to turn my back on RedHat and the FreeBSD 5.1 disk miraculously understands all of the hardware (the machine has hardware that has been on the market for less than 6 months).

However, I don't want to use FreeBSD on this system unless there is a way that I can preserve this data. Am I better off jumping to another Linux, and waiting for another project to introduce FreeBSD onto my network?

php 01-13-2004 02:08 PM

Yes, FreeBSD supports ext2/3

chort 01-13-2004 03:35 PM

I know FreeBSD can mount ext3 file systems as ext2, but are you sure it supports the journaling? Last time I checked it did not, but I'm not using 5.x.

php 01-18-2004 10:57 PM

(by "ext2/3" i didnt mean literally), but since we know ext3 = ext2 + journal, then it will read ext2/3 :)

Stack 01-18-2004 11:57 PM


Originally posted by hackers_
Yes, FreeBSD supports ext2/3
By installing support for ext2/3 you will polute your kernel. So avoid this at all costs...

chort 01-19-2004 12:31 AM

So if FreeBSD does NOT support journaling for ext2(3), it's not exactly a good idea to be using a massive amount of critical data mounted as an ext2 fs. It would be much better to use native ufs mounted with softdep.

GAVollink 01-21-2004 09:51 PM

Well this has (at least for now) eliminated my ability to use FreeBSD on this server. Thank you all for your input.

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