[Bulk] Re: [opensuse] defrag

J dreadpiratejeff at gmail.com
Sun Feb 14 13:50:05 UTC 2010

On Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 03:12, Knapp <magick.crow at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 6:35 AM, John Heinen <hensandpat at earthlink.net> wrote:
>> Anton Aylward wrote:
>>> John Heinen said the following on 02/13/2010 02:57 PM:
>>>> Thanks, Well, what happened is that my gateway with winxp and many other
>>>> tries with live cd Linux just quit, that is the lights are flashing but
>>>> the screen stays dark,  puppy linux  is the only one that could get some
>>>> life with the message "defrage please". I probably need a new  hard
>>>> drive or find one smart cd that can work miracles.
>>> Curious.
>>> Linux file system don't need defrag.
>>> So where is that emssage coming from?
>>> Are you sure you're not trying to install Linux ONTO a MS file system?
>>> I recall Mandriva and I tink Ubunttu have options for that.
>> Indeed it is liggit,  bought it from Discountlinux, a very reputable
>> firm, that particular livecd puppy 431 does work fine on two other
>> machines, with opensuse and also with ubuntu on the hard drive, and that
>> is what it said "  DEFRAG PLEASE"
> The old way of installing on a HD with MS was to defrag XP and then
> shrink its partition to make room for Linux. This could be the source.

RE: Defragging:
http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/qna/15032.html (read comments specifically)
(see "Approach and defragmenters by filesystem type")

I'm not saying that it is necessary to defragment a Linux filesystem,
however, fragmentation can occur.  If the commonly thrown about
blanket statement "You don't have to defrag a Linux disk" was true,
such tools would not exist, nor would there be any debate about
whether or not you needed them.

OTOH, My vote is that Puppy for the OP is trying to mount his Windows
XP partition and that is most likely what's causing the defrag message
to appear. But I say that without being able to actually look at his



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