Fwd: Btrfs compression

Roberto Ragusa mail at robertoragusa.it
Sat May 1 08:51:53 UTC 2010

Matt McCutchen wrote:

> - Filenames with newlines will get mangled.
> - Hard links will be broken.
> - If a file is changed while the script is working on it, it may be
> clobbered with the old contents.  Similarly, if it is moved, it may
> reappear in the old location.

- Timestamps on directories will be modified.

> The process should really be run using boot media, not on a live root
> filesystem.  This avoids the issue of manipulating the /bin/mv being
> used.
> Here's the approach I would use, starting in the filesystem root:
> mkdir TEMP
> rsync -aAXH --remove-source-files TEMP/ .
> rm -rf TEMP

I agree with this approach.
Better yet, copy everything on another disk, format and copy back again
with compression enabled, so everything is well physically packed in the
first (faster) part of the disk. Or, BTW, is the btrfs defragmenter
good enough to let it do he job later?

You just taught me what GLOBIGNORE is for. Thanks.
It is anyway useless. I often do things like:
mkdir OLD; mv * OLD
and it works, with just a "can't move OLD inside itself" warning.

   Roberto Ragusa    mail at robertoragusa.it

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