/Applications and /Users on Ext3 (or any non-HFS+) partition)

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  1. idoit macrumors newbie

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    Hi there,

    My first post here. :)
    Assuming I have Ext3 read and write access in my OSX, can I put my /Users and /Applications folders there? and simply put two symlinks referring to the folders in Ext3 partition?

    Thanks
     
  2. alex0002 macrumors 6502

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    Both Ext3 and HFS+ support Extended file attributes, but the two aren't compatible and this could cause problems. You'd need some way of mounting those ext3 file systems (OSX fuse?). Using fuse rather than native kernel drivers will be likely to involve some loss in performance. Plus if you use an SSD, will those filesystems support TRIM when accessed from OS X?

    Perhaps you could try it for your ~/Documents ~/Downloads and others, but I suspect it would cause a lot of problems for /Applications.
     
  3. idoit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alex, thanks. I have no idea what I am doing right now and why the hell on earth I came up with this idea :D, but believe it or not, I have put my Applications on NTFS and it's working. I'll keep it as it is for some weeks and if it's alright, I'll move /Users too.
     
  4. alex0002 macrumors 6502

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    Great that you got it going. Sometimes the best way to learn is to try these things. Perhaps it might be good to keep in mind that in some cases security and other properties might depend on the unix permissions and extended attributes, even if the application appears to work o.k. without them.
     
  5. idoit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alex, you're totally right. Apps crash out of the blue! So anyone reading this post, it's not a good idea to put /Applications on an NTFS partition!
     

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