Leopard and HFSX questions

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bigwig, May 25, 2009.

  1. bigwig macrumors 6502a

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    Can a Leopard root filesystem be HFSX? If that will work, how do I tweak the installer to make it happen?

    Also, can I make a user's FileVault be HFSX? I could never make that work in Tiger, weird things happened.
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    HFSX? I have used HFS+ since MacOS 8.1. What is this HFSX?
     
  3. bigwig thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Case-sensitive, journaled, HFS+.
     
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    OK. Of course, Leopard can boot from case-sensitive HFS+. However, it is a bad idea to use it unless you share files with other users of case-sensitive file systems exclusively. Since 1984, Mac files have been case-insensitive. Be advised that some of your mission-critical applications may not support case-sensitivity. If you store files from a case-insensitive FS on case-sensitive volume, then you will have surprises--and not the good kind.
     
  5. bigwig thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Good, I've heard that earlier versions of OSX don't work right with an HFSX root filesystem. The only person I'm sharing files with is me; my backup disks exclusively use HFSX. Does the Leopard install disk let you select HFSX?

    By the way, I didn't invent the term "HFSX", Apple utilities like hdiutil use it.
     
  6. larkost macrumors 6502a

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    I believe that it will install without any trickery, but Apple strongly discorages the use of Case-Sensitive HFS for boot volumes. There will be things that break (and Apple is not going to mark them to be fixed).

    I don't believe that FileVault is going to like HFSX volumes, but you might be able to swap out the disk image.

    But do you really have anything that needs case-sensitive file systems? Or are you just fixed on having it for no specific reasons. In most cases it is far better to use case-sensitive disk images for the very few things that need it (or update to a version of the software that gets away from the dependency).
     
  7. bigwig thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Offering a feature and then telling users not to use it is nuts.
    No, it doesn't. FileVault refuses to start if your root volume is HFSX. Not only is this quite stupid, I can't think of any technical reason for it.
    I prefer case-sensitive filesystems. I regard apps that don't work on them to be seriously broken.
     

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