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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 4:51 am    Post subject: Reiser4 RescueCD for ppc Reply with quote

I have an old PowerMac 6500 that I'm trying to install Gentoo onto. The problem is, I'd like to use Reiser4.. But there isn't a CD out there that supports it. I can find one for my x86 platforms (SysRescCD), but not for ppc.

Is there one that supports it?
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

out of my personal experience .... i don't suggest you to use that file system as the root fs
( especially if it has to run on a such an old ppc machine ...)

i suggest you to use EXT3 for "the system tree land", and whatever fs you want for "the worl
d tree land"

off course, jut my opinion


about your problem, i am afraid you have to compile the support by yourself, i mean if you don't have the RS4FS kernel module and his mkfs/mount stuff tools ... you have to provide them by yourself or finding them ...

i could see if i have the time to provide them, so you could use your CD to boot your machine, thn use ssh to copy what you are missing now, then format & mount your RS4FS root partition and let gentoo to go on

what is the kernel version you are using ?
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

reiser4 on ppc wasn't tested in a while AFAIK so the best course of action would be to ask people at #reiser4 or on reiserfs-devel@vger.kernel.org if there should be any problems.
But I know there is a demand for testers for PPC reiser4 so your help would be appreciated :)
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ext3? I'd rather use ReiserFS.

As for Reiser4, I'll just have to rebuild and reinstall. Just leave it in the corner for awhile. :)

I'm basically using miBoot with Gentoo.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

could you tell us why you prefer ReiserFS4 ?
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ddc wrote:
could you tell us why you prefer ReiserFS4 ?

1. Because I deal with small files, ReiserFS handles small files better with less waste.
2. There's 2 versions I'm mentioning.. ReiserFS (which is usually v3) and Reiser4. ReiserFS is pretty good, but Reiser4 supports lzo and gzip compression, which on my x86 boxes gzip shrinks my install from 1GB to 300MB.
3. I haven't bumped into any corruption from either filesystems in the year I've been using ReiserFS and the 5 months using Reiser4.

The only problem I had was using Reiser4 and nfsd, but I know there's a patch to fix that. Just haven't installed it, yet.
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simba7 wrote:
ddc wrote:
could you tell us why you prefer ReiserFS4 ?

1. Because I deal with small files, ReiserFS handles small files better with less waste.
2. There's 2 versions I'm mentioning.. ReiserFS (which is usually v3) and Reiser4. ReiserFS is pretty good, but Reiser4 supports lzo and gzip compression, which on my x86 boxes gzip shrinks my install from 1GB to 300MB.
3. I haven't bumped into any corruption from either filesystems in the year I've been using ReiserFS and the 5 months using Reiser4.

The only problem I had was using Reiser4 and nfsd, but I know there's a patch to fix that. Just haven't installed it, yet.



1) ok, it is pretty better here
2) i am afraid you will waste your poor cpu time 'cause you are going to use it (with compression) on such an old machine ...
3) i have been using ext3 for 4 years without any issue, so ok: Reiser* is good but it is not better about corruption avoidance


my suggestion was related to point 2, for the most
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A quick google turned up this: http://ppcrcd.pld-linux.org/
It's a little old, but it looks like it has everything you need. Reiser4 rocks! Don't let all the FUD discourage you. :)
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