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  • Arch Linux Installer Updated With Btrfs Subvolumes Support, Reworked Partitioning

    Phoronix: Arch Linux Installer Updated With Btrfs Subvolumes Support, Reworked Partitioning

    Added to the Arch Linux ISOs earlier this year was Archinstall as an easy-to-use installer for Arch. In the months since its introduction the code continues to be improved upon and is preparing for its next feature release...

    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...nstall-2.3-rc1

  • #2
    There is no end to how much the BTRFS documentation will improve as a result of this

    http://www.dirtcellar.net

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    • #3
      I recently used it and it was just bad when it came to locale config, some missing packages or enabled systemd units that are needed for a proper desktop experience etc. It might be helpful to make partitioning less of a pain, but otherwise I don't see why anyone would want to use it. I documented my own installation so I can find everything important without again reading dozens of wiki pages, much more useful than such an incomplete script.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by waxhead View Post
        There is no end to how much the BTRFS documentation will improve as a result of this
        true! I'm not an Arch user but whenever I need good doc about something I always end up to Arch's doc

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        • #5
          Have they tackled the issue with NFS yet? lots of subvolumes with distinct major/minor device numbers are only going to make that worse.
          https://lwn.net/Articles/866582/
          https://lwn.net/Articles/866709/

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          • #6
            I will be trying out the new installer shortly. Glad to hear they are fixing/adding to partitioning.
            After you have installed manually a half a dozen times .... it is just cumbersome. Would love to see a gui installer.
            Not like there are not a half a dozen out there that could be easily modified.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by HighValueWarrior View Post
              Not like there are not a half a dozen out there that could be easily modified.
              Manjaro installer installing regular Arch would be cool.

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              • #8
                BTRFS subvolumes and LVM are an endless source of issues for users who have zero understanding how it all works and they end up with systems they have no idea how to manage and in the end they often just remove Linux and install good old Windows instead.

                But then Arch is not a distro for mere mortals, so whatever.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Developer12 View Post
                  Have they tackled the issue with NFS yet? lots of subvolumes with distinct major/minor device numbers are only going to make that worse.
                  https://lwn.net/Articles/866582/
                  https://lwn.net/Articles/866709/
                  The problem is when you expose snapshots under the same subvolume in the same export. NFS does not tell clients that they are different mountpoints and so makes clients confused when the same inodes show up in subdirs.

                  IMHO this is a thing lacking in NFS, not a bug in Btrfs. Remember, tools like find works fine directly on the host, just not over NFS in this situation. Samba solved this years ago with virtual inode mapping.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by aufkrawall View Post
                    Manjaro installer installing regular Arch would be cool.
                    EndeavourOS

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