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SailfishX file system

asked 2017-11-03 18:19:02 +0200

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updated 2017-11-07 11:42:48 +0200

Strangely, the tag combination SailfishX + filesystem returns no thread (so far). Nevertheless, my Xperia X with SailfishX ( has an unexpected/unpredictable behavior in some circumstances:

(i) file managers in 'root' mode (with Schturman's hacks) usually fail to access root-protected resources, but may succeed after 'some' (not too short, not too long) waiting (filebrowser, cargodock, filetug, filecase with 'startasroot').

(ii) patchmanager 2.0 (in settings) displays a couple of patches in red, meaning "not compatible with current OS release", although those patches are actually installed and enabled (and working). A new attempt a couple of minutes later may show (not always) all patches OK with current OS.

Is there any utility to manage/improve/repair the file system in case of need?

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@objectifnull experiemcing the same here, (i.) and sometimes the permissions not allowing say cut/paste of files in root directory, or even outside of root directory (between home and sdcard), for me a reboot works usually.

XFish ( 2017-11-03 18:54:37 +0200 )edit

Yup. I would like Jolla to be more loquacious on this topic. We just know they dropped BTRFS and that's it. In my view that's too short, as this is a major component of the operating system - and a major difference with previous releases.

objectifnul ( 2017-11-03 19:06:24 +0200 )edit

"Major difference with previous releases"? The Jolla 1 is the only phone that had Btrfs, ever since Jolla C it's been LVM + ext4.

null ( 2017-11-07 13:21:39 +0200 )edit

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answered 2017-11-07 13:19:44 +0200

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I am very happy that they abandoned BTRFS. No one with a working brain would use BTRFS in production environments ATM. All my IT partners and known specialist which have used BTRFS have caused "a mass of blood" in their environments. All of the IT people who want to sleep calm and do not like big discussions with their customers about mysteries in filesystems like disappered files etc. use EXT4.

The hacks like these of Schturman MAY work, even patchmanager. The exclamation lies on MAY!!!!

I have after some months of use abandoned all of them and returned to a unpatched and native Sailfish OS.

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What about F2FS? Would you say it's stable enough to use as the file system for the OS, or is it better used for non-core storage media? How do you think its performance and reliability on core phone storage compare with ext4?

sunburnedpenguin ( 2017-11-07 21:03:05 +0200 )edit

I didn't say BTRFS is better than EXT4 (although I'm happy with it on my laptop). I just would like Jolla to explain their choice, first BTRFS, then EXT4. Also, there is no explanation of the issues encountered with SalfishX unpredictable root access.

objectifnul ( 2017-11-08 14:53:59 +0200 )edit
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