Filesystem of choice for a Linux/FreeBSD shared backup disk?

Laszlo Nagy gandalf at
Tue Sep 23 21:29:26 UTC 2008

> For making backups I would probably just use FAT32 and tar, because
> practically anything (not just FreeBSD & Linux) will mount FAT32 file
> systems, and tar should respect your file attributes (owner, group,
> creation timestamp, last modified timestamp, etc).
Except that you cannot create files with >4GB size on FAT32. You might 
be able to use an archiver that is able to split archives into smaller 

This has always been a problem. FreeBSD is open source. So Linux is, but 
they do not have a common filesystem that could be accessed from both 
system, WITHOUT compromises. :-(



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