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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 11:31 pm    Post subject: Thinking about resizing partitions, a couple questions Reply with quote

Hello all.
I currently have allocated to Linux 20GB and 70GB to OS X. All of my music is on my OS X partition under itunes, and I'm thinking about resizing my partitions to give Linux more space so I can store my music under it instead. This way when I want to import more cd's, I won't have to boot into mac and use iTunes and its crappy mp3 encoder to do it. I guess my question has two parts:

1. How do you mac/linux dual-booters out there handle your music collection?

and 2. How feasable/safe is it to shrink my mac partition and grow my linux (reiserfs) partition?

Thank you for any input :)
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 2:51 am    Post subject: Re: Thinking about resizing partitions, a couple questions Reply with quote

piroko wrote:
1. How do you mac/linux dual-booters out there handle your music collection?

I haven't run Linux on a Mac for a while now ( sold my 1Ghz Powerbook quite a while back ), but it used to read hpfs stuff fine, from memory. Admittedly I never wrote anything to it from Linux, and 'it' was on an external ( firewire ) drive, but at least reading was no problem.
piroko wrote:
and 2. How feasable/safe is it to shrink my mac partition and grow my linux (reiserfs) partition?

I have no idea about shrinking a mac partition, but I've resized reiserfs partitions with great success. From memory, you just have to change the size of the partition, and run the reiserfs resize tool ( not sure what it's called now ), and it will magically work it all out. You biggest problem will certainly be shrinking the mac partition, and for that, I assume you'll need a commercial app ( or maybe a demo of said app )
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Thinking about resizing partitions, a couple questions Reply with quote

piroko wrote:
How feasable/safe is it to shrink my mac partition and grow my linux (reiserfs) partition?

I've done it once with GParted. If I remember correctly, you first have to deactivate journaling support in MacOSX and only then can you shrink the partition. You can reactivate journaling afterwards. The problem is that it took quite a few hours to finish, but I was reducing the partition to just 3 or 4 GB.

If your only problem is the mp3 encoding, you can also use other encoders in MacOSX, instead of iTunes. Or you can make the mp3s on GNU/Linux and then export them into MacOSX.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The main issue is that I'm importing all my cd's into ogg vorbis and I also would like to be able to manage tags and whatnot from linux. It feels like OS X is just an unnecessary layer I have to go through to manage my music. I was also wondering how other dual-booters have their music set up, for inspiration. :)
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I live mostly in OS X on my newer Macs so all my music lives in iTunes, but I can read and write HFS+ just fine. One of my machines is a server that lives in Linux, but as it's an Old World machine using BootX I have to copy the kernel to /System Folder/Linux Kernels on the Mac OS 9 partition.

If I were you, I would just mount the OS X partition and store the music somewhere there, say in ~/Music. You may have to do some tweaking with permissions/groups to do that, or just fine some other spot on the disk. Using the Xiph QuickTime Components, you can even play the ogg files in iTunes or other QuickTime applications when you're running OS X.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I'm not mistaken, mounting hfs+ partitions requires journaling on the mac side to be disabled. This seems like a potential data risk to me. Am I mistaken on either of these points?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That I'm not sure of, but that would be an issue. Since Journaling wasn't added to HFS+ until OS X 10.2, I don't have to deal with it when copying to my OS 9 HFS+ partition.
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