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Re: [opensuse] Re: Windows (NTFS) file defragmenter from Linux
  • From: David Bolt <bcrafhfr@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2009 01:26:20 +0100
  • Message-id: <200910030126.20313@xxxxxxxxxx>
On Saturday 03 October 2009 00:40:08 Linda Walsh wrote:

However, if you label your partitions (use XFS, or another file
format that supports labels), then you can mount by label
and when the devices are renumbered, it won't matter.

Are there any file systems that don't support volume labels of some
sort? All the ones I use (XFS, ext2/3/4, reiserfs, swap, FAT32) all
support volume labels[0]. You can change the label for ext2/3/4 file
systems while mounted. XFS and reiserfs require the file system be
umounted first. FAT32 and swap need the label be given at the file
system creation time, at least under Linux. Under Windows, FAT32 and
NTFS labels can be changed without reformatting.

One thing you need to make sure of, if you're going to use labels, is
that you don't have two file systems with the same volume label as this
can confuse and/or break things.


[0] JFS also supports labels, but I don't actually use that.

Regards,
David Bolt

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