Anyone trying the "btrfs" file system?

Goh Lip g.lip at
Fri Oct 15 09:28:37 UTC 2010

On Fri, 15 Oct 2010 07:18:31 +0800, Charlie Brune <Ubuntu at>  

>   Has anyone tried the "btrfs" file system instead of ext3 or ext4 for
> their 10.10 install?
> If so, how's it going?

Alright, good so far, but note it comes heavily with serious warnings like  
"experimental", "under development" etc. To install in Maverick , you need  
to use alternate cd, and have a separate /boot partition in ext2,3 or 4 -  
this is because btrfs is licensed under gpl2, which I understand grub has  
got permission but is too late for maverick, but will be in the nutty  
narwhal version. Note too gparted now can read btrfs but cannot as yet  
create one.

You can test out by converting a small partition in lucid too by  
installing btrfs-tools and convert a partition even with data by  
"btrfs-convert /dev/sda%". Need to reboot to take effect.

Regards - Goh Lip

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