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Myself as a friend need to share data between his computer and mine. My workstation runs Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and his is a Power Mac G5 running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.

We'd like to share data using a hard disk, and I'm looking for a filesystem that has good read and write support on both OSs. I've done some research into this and things seem a bit "either or".

Suggestions?
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Ext 4 is supported well for both isn't it ?
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Errrm, nope. ext4 is Linux-only.
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post #4 of 11
Ext2/3 with Ext2FS on osx. Works/Worked like a charm when I was using my MacBook.

Then there's also FAT32, but you'll limited to 4gb files, and you can even add NTFS support to OSX and Linux.
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just curious what file system osx does use by default?


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Quote:
Originally Posted by lloyd mcclendon View Post

just curious what file system osx does use by default?
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HFS+ or something? It says on wikipedia (I know rolleyes.gif) that Linux works with it so long as the drive/partition is less than 2TB.

If it's the older HFS then I think it's better.
     
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Linux has read and write support to non-journaled HFS+ partitions, but only read support for journaled HFS+ partitions. That Power Mac G5 is most likely running on a journaled HFS+ partition, so if you plan to write to it then you need to turn off journaling in Disk Utility. Mac OS X however, will recgonize Ext partions out of the box, but can not mount them without the help third-party tools/drivers such as OSXFUSE and Fuse-Ext. So you should be fine unless your Ubuntu partition is running on an Ext4 partition.
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Many thanks for the replies. OSX-FUSE is from 10.5 onwards, so not an option. Looks like it's HFS for now.
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Many thanks for the replies. OSX-FUSE is from 10.5 onwards, so not an option. Looks like it's HFS for now.

For some reason I thought OS X support ReiserFS, but a quick google proved that to be false.

However Apple were working on porting ZFS to OS X and Linux does also support that (via FUSE), so that might be an option if nothing else works (plus ZFS is an awesome file system anyway)
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in the kernel config there's an option for "macintosh file system (HFS)" .. not sure if OSX still runs HFS or if it's something new and HFS was used way back in the days of the original mac (of which i was a proud owner .. oregon trail anyone)

but there's a chance it may already be in the kernel, or there may even be a patch out there somewhere.
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