Subject: Re: Large inodes for ffs
To: Hubert Feyrer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Bill Studenmund <email@example.com>
Date: 03/23/1999 15:45:01
On Tue, 23 Mar 1999, Hubert Feyrer wrote:
> On Tue, 23 Mar 1999, Bill Studenmund wrote:
> > > * Are there some utilies (fsck?) to convert the FS to all-big inodes (if
> > > that's even wanted)? Or is this "mixed size" operation the usual mode,
> > > with only some inodes being "big" ones?
> > No. An fs is either a large inode fs or a small inode fs. Mixing and
> > matching in an fs would have been messy.
> So I'll have to newfs my disk(s) when the next release with ACLs (or
> whatever) comes out to use them? I think it would be better to enable a
> soft(er) transition...
The problem is that changing a live fs from small inodes to large inodes
requires shuffling a LOT of information around. A program which could do
this safely would need a LOT of work, and testing. Much more than can be
done for 1.4.
The safest thing to do would be to dump, newfs -L, restore. But a
migration utility might be interesting later. :-)