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Re: [RFD]: Help in setting up XFS

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Subject: Re: [RFD]: Help in setting up XFS
From: "Carlos E. R." <carlos.e.r@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:47:36 +0200 (CEST)
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On Monday, 2014-08-18 at 23:20 +1000, Dave Chinner wrote:
On Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 12:25:57PM +0200, Carlos E. R. wrote:


Just plug in the stick and click on the icon to mount it. No
different than any other filesystem.

That doesn't work for machines with no desktop or ones that you
access via ssh. Learn the command line first then you can always get
the machine to do what you want regardless of how you need to access
it. Indeed, typing commands is often faster than using the mouse,
especially if you know how to use command history search
effectively...

I use the CLI method myself, but I don't see the point on novices using it when there are modern methods far easier :-)

   Me, I would make sure the filesystem gets a label, and probably
   create an entry in fstab using that label, with the "user" option
   so that plain users can mount it. Then we have to add a directory
   as root owned by that user inside the stick so that he can write.
   Anyway, the procedure is the same for any Linux filesystem (but
   not for NTFS or FAT), not specific to XFS.


If it doesn't work, just ask on the help forum or mail lists of your
distribution.

That's just wrong. If you've got an XFS problem or question, then
this mailing list is exactly the right place to be asking for help.

IMHO no, because, for instance, the method for installation differs in each distribution, and their help forums should be more suited for such a basic guidance. Anyway, mounting or creating an XFS stick is the same as for ext4, btrfs, fat, reiserfs...

    I do a lot of that guidance, have been doing it for
    well over a decade ;-)


And each distribution has specifics. On ubuntu you probably need to do "sudo mount ...", a plain mount should fail. So if the generalized help an upstream mail list can provide, the best place to ask for help is the specific help forum of that distribution, as they will probably know best the easiest way to install and use the tools they provide.


But that's just my opinion :-)


- -- Cheers,
       Carlos E. R.
       (from openSUSE 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" at Telcontar)
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