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Re: mkfs command in grub

From: Vesa Jääskeläinen
Subject: Re: mkfs command in grub
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2006 11:10:02 +0200
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Marco Gerards wrote:
> address@hidden writes:
>> Can someone please comment if adding filesystem creation support to
>> grub is reasonable.
>> Please see the rationale at
>> Will the developers consider adding this feature? It is rather easy to
>> implement as far as I can see -- only glue for external filesystem
>> creation code needs to be added.
> Personally I do not like glue code at all.  And creating the
> filesystems like fat and swap is quite trivial, I think.
>> Although the swap sharing use case discussed in the rationale is
>> trivial, it is a common problem that may bring many multi-OS users
>> over to GRUB 2 and create positive "media coverage" (if that feature
>> will be added).
> Right...
> I think it is easy to implement this feature, and agree it might be
> useful in the cases you described.  I wonder how the other developers
> think about including such feature.

Well, GRUB2 supports modules. I do not see anything wrong on supplying
mkfs<fs> module, but I would keep this out of normal file system code as
it might cause some problems with "normal" users breaking their HD

If we one day have a GRUB rescue CD image we could include this and
perhaps other file system modification modules there.

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