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Re: Fedora Windows Migration Tool

On Wed, 2008-04-02 at 13:06 -0800, Jeff Spaleta wrote:

> I'm sort of confused on a couple of things....
>  why a mirror of the data across partitions? If we are able to mount
> ntfs on a per user basis... why not find a way to use the ntfs
> partition as the data location for the common data for the user in
> situations where users care about cross operating system access?
> We already have a system to redirect what directories are
> programtically used: 
> http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/xdg-user-dirs
> Can't the technology here be extended to make use of an ntfs data
> store without the complexity of mirroring?

A couple of problems. (and I may be wrong here)
A. ntfs-3g is slow (compared to native FS).
B. NTFS write isn't five-9's yet.
C. Missing inotify support. (At least AFAIK).
D. Lack of NTFS check disk in ntfs-3g. (No way to fix a broken FS if the
Windows boot dies)
E. Last time I checked ntfs-3g + SAMBA didn't really get along.

... Never the less, the migration tool can give the user the option to
decide which course to take: Copy-to-native or ntfs-3g-mount. (While
explaining the consequences of each choice)

> Why at install time.. versus an option that can be invoked for any
> user at user creation time or any later time generally though the
> system-config-user dialog?  Don't people have multiple users defined
> commonly on home XP and Vista systems?  Don't we need to be able to
> configure the OS data syncing for multiple users by mapping a fedora
> username to the corresponding username on the XP system?  

Sounds reasonable enough.
One question though - how do you auto-resync a document, bookmarks, etc
when both ends changed?
> -jef
- Gilboa

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