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    Phoronix: F2FS Experimental Compression Is Ready For Extending Flash Storage Life

    The F2FS file-system compression functionality is the main feature addition for this flash-optimized file-system coming with the Linux 5.6 kernel. This native LZO/LZ4 compression support is geared for optimizing the lifespan of SSDs/flash memory thanks to reducing disk writes...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...on-5.6-Landing

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    Why no Zstd ?

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    • #3
      Question is how to install an any linux operating system by using this file system.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Azrael5 View Post
        Question is how to install an any linux operating system by using this file system.
        1. Install to a secondary disk.
        2. Recompile your kernel with F2FS support built in.
        3. Partition your primary disk with F2FS as root and /boot on VFAT/EXT4 (or whatever you like that your bootloader supports).
        4. Rsync/tar your filesystem over to the primary.
        5. Redo your bootloader and enjoy.

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        • #5
          I partitioned my SSD and formatted it f2fs then installed a linux distribution on it.
          You need f2fs-tools and run mkfs.f2fs
          You will need grub 2.04 or a earlier version with patched f2fs support to boot an f2fs filesystem.

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          • #6
            The focus of this F2FS compression support is less about maximizing storage capacity and more about trying to reduce writes to extend the life of the flash storage and reducing I/O congestion.
            Ham? 🤔

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Azrael5 View Post
              Question is how to install an any linux operating system by using this file system.
              Use some distro with F2FS support on install, like Gentoo, Arch, Opensuse (I think)...

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              • #8
                This could possibly increase performance on SSDs bottlenecked by slow bus (sata, usb...), am I right?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mario Junior View Post
                  Use some distro with F2FS support on install, like Gentoo, Arch, Opensuse (I think)...
                  Even Slackware current supports F2FS install so i would expect it to be pretty common.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Nille_kungen View Post
                    Even Slackware current supports F2FS install so i would expect it to be pretty common.
                    Debian will enable idem: https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...ot-File-System

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