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    Lone Gunmen strike again: X-File-System (XFS) install disk conspiracy revealed
    Posted on Sunday, June 03 @ 15:28:37 BST

    File Systems
    For those who have been patiently waiting, yet so contradictorily
    impatient as to not being able to wait until XFS becomes included with
    the kernel and official Debian install disks, you will be glad that Zoltan Kraus and partner Tanzeeb "DaMasta" Khalili
    have finally released their long-awaited XFS Debian install disks at
    And mirrored by achiles at Read on for some notes from Zoltan and DaMasta themselves...

    Netsnipe: Quite a well timed gift to us and the dP readership from Zoltan and Tanzeeb considering we've just passed our 1,000,000th hit. = ) On behalf of the crew I'd like to extend a very warm thanks to the Debian and Progeny developers who put up with our [my] constant harassment and for the stories, our sponsors for putting up with our repeated Slashdottings, all our syndicators especially OSDN/Newsforge, and as well as you guessed it: you the readers who keep coming back for more and helping the Debian Project be more than just another piece of software, but a community. Hopefully once some of our mid-year exams are over we'll be give some more back with that long-promised About Us page and a very funky new look from rob's kitchen.

    Zoltan writes that they are "based on the Woody boot-floppies package,
    are very experimental and unsupported."
    He goes on to warn that "You
    MUST have working knowledge about mkfs, mount, and fstab! During the
    install you must make your own XFS partitions through the console and
    mount it under /target. Make sure you install Lilo into the
    MBR. Enjoy..."

    This may sound daunting, but Zoltan has assured me personally that
    installing Debian to a XFS formatted system using his disk is very
    similar to the manner in which ReiserFS was boot-strapped using the
    first generation of its unofficial disks. So if you're not sure what
    the above warning is saying, then use the instructions
    for Jeremy Koch's ReiserFS disks as your basis. Note that the command
    to format XFS partitions is:

    mkfs -t xfs /dev/hdXX

    Note that these disks do not have an accompanying base tarball and
    that these disks will in fact be able to download the required base
    packages off the Internet (Ethernet DHCP or Dialup). For those fluent in multiple filesystem formats, you will be excited to know that accoring to DaMasta, these disks also support ReiserFS and Ext3, and willl let you *create* both type of disks, but there is no kernel support for Ext3 as of yet.

    Congratulations to Zoltan and Tanzeeb for getting their disks out
    first and hopefully they'll be able to integrate the XFS installation
    into the Woody install menus soon for a more polished
    experience. Having conquered ReiserFS (with highly popular install
    disks) and now XFS, Zoltan has hinted that JFS may be next on his list
    of targets. Keep up the good work.