quick basic, maybe silly queston?
Joseph C. Lininger
jbahm at pcdesk.net
Thu Jan 17 10:27:11 EST 2008
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> Care to share why you do not recommend fat 32 for your root?
Sure, I'd be happy to elaborate on why I don't recommend FAT or FAT32 as
your Linux system partition. The first reason is that all of the
features Linux requires in a root filesystem are not supported. In
particular, setting of owners and permissions to secure your files is
not supported. This will most likely cause a lot of programs not to work
right. A lot of them do checks for safe permissions and won't work if
the right permissions aren't in place, as they should. That's the big
reason I don't recommend using it as your root filesystem.
I personally avoid FAT or FAT32 altogether in most cases for another
couple reasons, though they are not related to Linux. First, FAT based
filesystems have filesize limitations that tend to get in my way.
Second, FAT based filesystems are horibly wasteful of disk space,
especially with large filesystems. Those don't affect whether they can
work with Linux really, they are just personal things that really get to me.
> The structure I have in mind is two different hard drives, but I had
> intended formating both as fat 32.Say on as it will impact the DOS
> edition chosen.
That should work fine, but like I've said, you should consider putting
Linux on an ext2/ext3/xfs formatted partition.
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