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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 2:16 pm 
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Hi guys,
I'm thinking of converting my ext4 partitions to btrfs in order to benefit from the transparent compression, block suballocation and file change log. I guess Kernel wiki conversion from ext4 shows the necessary steps. I have a few problems beforehand I wanted to ask you:
  1. Do you think btrfs is now stable enough to use?
  2. Does btrfs need manual defragmentation or is it necessary for the first time only?
  3. If any of you have done this before, what was the size of the ext2_saved/image file compared to the content of the partition. I may be running on low space on some partitions :?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:49 am 
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Do I think it's stable enough to use?

Not unless you plan for it to fail and have time to spare recovering from such a possibility. ;)

If I felt the need, what I'd probably do is install a cheap additional harddrive to my workstation, make an installation in it with btrfs, and experiment around with it for a while.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:22 pm 
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Actually, the main reason I wanted to switch is that I thought btrFS would provide me revision control as in windows
Does btrFS provide such thing? Or, even better, can I get the similar functionality in ext4?
Thank you very much

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 6:54 pm 
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There's a wealth of good info on btrfs at the kernel.org wiki.

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