common filesystem for Linux and FreeBSD

Chad Perrin perrin at
Tue Dec 18 02:17:03 PST 2007

On Tue, Dec 18, 2007 at 11:06:15AM +0530, Girish Venkatachalam wrote:
> I generally shy away from any multiboot situation since I have few
> machines with me. Even then I too have to multiboot once in a while.

I prefer to avoid multiboot as well, but for a while there it seemed
unlikely that I'd be able to do everything on this system that I want to
be able to do if all I have is FreeBSD.  I've managed to realize that my
impression of limitation was, in fact, a failure on my part -- and not on
FreeBSD's -- some hours ago, however.  As a result, it looks like I'll be
able to solve the problem without installing some Linux distro after all.

> If FFS2 and EXT3 are ruled out, then what is remaining? ;)
> XFS?


My impression is that there isn't good UFS support in Linux, and that
stable ext3 support is read-only in FreeBSD.  If that's the case, then it
really does seem to come down to a matter of figuring out whether XFS,
JFS, or ReiserFS (to throw out a few examples) have stable read/write
support in both Linux and FreeBSD systems.

> It is a tough choice indeed. Of course you could do a diskless boot off
> an NFS and use that as file system for communication between the two
> OSes.
> But for that you need another machine connected over LAN running NFS of
> course.

Yeah . . . this is a laptop, and I use it while traveling, so that
wouldn't really suit my needs in this case.  I appreciate the attempt,
though.  Anyway, as you may have gathered from an above paragraph of
mine, it looks like I'm probably not going to need the Linux system after

> Sorry if my answer was irrelevant but this is the best I could do.

It would be pretty harsh of me to say your best wasn't good enough.
Thanks for the effort to help.

CCD CopyWrite Chad Perrin [ ]
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