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Old 03-21-2004, 06:01 AM   #1
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Few questions concerning harddisks and filesystems

Hi, Im running Debian sarge, with a newly compiled kernel 2.6.4. Have some basic questions?

It's running on a laptop with no more than 8Gb of space. How can i see how much space there is left on the different partitions?

Im using EXT2 at the moment, but i am planning to change to eighter EXT3 or reiserfs, which filesystem is preferred for my box. I only use it for school use and playing mp3?

Can u change from EXT2 to reiserfs without wiping all data?

In windoze i used to defrag regulary. Is this possible in linux, and how?

Do I need to recompile the kernel to use different filesystem?

Is it possible to use samba to gain access to a windoze workgroup, without installing any software on the windoze box. Just by entering workgroup, and then i can see all box's and shares?

I have seen some screenshots of different users Gnome desktop, and a lot of them has a monitor in the top panel, where you can see the current up/down transfer speed. Whats the name of this program?

Hope someone can help me out, im very funned of this linux box. And like tweeking around, and thereby learning some basics linux. Everything else is at last working, thanks to this forum.
Old 03-21-2004, 06:32 AM   #2
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the command df -h will list disk useage on all mounted partitons and disks.

Linux (with ext3 and probably ext2) does not fragment data all over your hard disk for no aparent reason like windows VFAT and NTFS does. Disk Defragmentors Do exist... but they arnt worth using, linux does a very good job of looking after itself.

re-compile the kernel..... That all depends, when you were configureing your kernel, did you say Yes, or Moudule to the question about the file system you intend to use ?
if you compiled support for reiferfs and ext3 ect ect, then your kernel will support it. if you chose to congigure your kenel without support, then you will need to re-compile with support.....
(unless of course you were not the one who compiled / configured the kernel, if this is the case....then by default, most people compile support for these common file systems.

about samba.... Yep. thats what Samba's for.

as for the questions is didnt answer.... sorry, i dont know.


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