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    Phoronix: Samsung Releases exFAT-Utils To Format File-System, Fsck

    With the new exFAT file-system merged for Linux 5.7, Samsung engineers responsible for this open-source native Linux kernel driver for Microsoft's exFAT file-system support have now issued their first official release of exfat-utils...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...-Utils-Release

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    Does fsck.exfat support any repair options?
    The exfat utils for the old driver was able to fix some errors.
    https://github.com/relan/exfat/blob/master/ChangeLog

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    • #3
      Hmmm... Most Linux distributions have been providing exfat-utils from https://github.com/relan/exfat for a long time. Version 1.3.0 is the latest. And now there's an identically named exfat-utils from https://github.com/exfat-utils/exfat-utils, with version 1.0.1 being the latest release. I can already see package maintainers worldwide banging their heads against their desks, bemoaning the colliding package names. While I'm glad that Samsung made this code release, they really should have called it something else. Like exfat-utils2 or exfat-newutils. Something to differentiate it from a package that's been widely in use for 7+ years.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by brian_lindholm View Post
        I can already see package maintainers worldwide banging their heads against their desks, bemoaning the colliding package names.
        At least for many packaging solutions epochs "solve" this problem for package maintainers, other than, of course, epochs generate a different set of issues.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by brian_lindholm View Post
          Hmmm... Most Linux distributions have been providing exfat-utils from https://github.com/relan/exfat for a long time. Version 1.3.0 is the latest. And now there's an identically named exfat-utils from https://github.com/exfat-utils/exfat-utils, with version 1.0.1 being the latest release. I can already see package maintainers worldwide banging their heads against their desks, bemoaning the colliding package names. While I'm glad that Samsung made this code release, they really should have called it something else. Like exfat-utils2 or exfat-newutils. Something to differentiate it from a package that's been widely in use for 7+ years.
          Package managers can easily give a new name to the new package, I fail to see why this would be problematic for them, for end users sure, but not them.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by brian_lindholm View Post
            While I'm glad that Samsung made this code release, they really should have called it something else. Like exfat-utils2 or exfat-newutils. Something to differentiate it from a package that's been widely in use for 7+ years.
            I guess their idea is that they will be replacing that project tools entirely

            Also the name is a complete non-issue for package maintainers, they can call it however they like.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Nille_kungen View Post
              Does fsck.exfat support any repair options?
              The exfat utils for the old driver was able to fix some errors.
              https://github.com/relan/exfat/blob/master/ChangeLog
              Their readme says
              Code:
              2. repair and fix.(preparing)
              so I'm assuming that for now it does not, but it will eventually.

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              • #8
                Now we need exFAT benchmarks

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                • #9
                  ExFat resize supported?

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                  • #10
                    Samsung & Microsoft are both members of OIN: Open Innovation Network. Members there claim to share their patents together. "The Linux Foundation has also now taken over the management of FINOS, the major open source organization of the Finance industries. This suggests that Microsoft Office might become much more open source now?
                    Linux has many partition formats: EXT4, BTRFS, Reiser, XFS, NTFS-5G, etc. Microsoft owns EXFAT. Will Microsoft's version of NTFS now become another Linux default? I hope so. It has many useful utilities which the Linux systems have yet to achieve.

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