[maemo-users] [maemo-users] MMC partitions w/ ITOS2006

From: René Seindal rene at seindal.dk
Date: Tue Jun 13 13:42:41 EEST 2006
Kimmo Hämäläinen wrote:
> On Mon, 2006-06-12 at 22:28, ext Adrian Neumaier wrote:
>> Am Montag, 12. Juni 2006 21:22 schrieb Armin M. Warda:
>>> On Monday 12 June 2006 17:24, Kimmo Hämäläinen wrote:
>>>> [...] There are of
>>>> course some obvious problems with a separate partition. (Some of
>>>> the complications could be difficult to understand by a non-geek
>>>> user.)
>>> I suspect there might be some geek users on this list...
>>> Please explain, what are the obvious problems with a
>>> separate partition? Thanks!
>> I second that, i would like to know that too. I can't figure one, apart from 
>> swapoff the partition before removing the card.
> There are some issues caused by partition vs. file concept. For example,
> removing and creating a file is simpler and safer than repartitioning.
> The non-geek user would need to understand the concept of partitions: 
> - the swap partition is not usable in any other device the user has
> (non-geeks often don't use Linux)
> - the swap partition will look funny in Windows Explorer (maybe the user
> reformats it there and stores files there, then wonders why they are not
> shown in the Nokia 770).
> - other devices, such as Nokia mobile phones would not probably support
> repartitioning the memory card. (Even Windows does not make very easy.)
> I cannot think more right now (I have other things to do, as well). But
> if you can think of _so_ many benefits that this swap partition brings
> to the user, I'll reconsider in future products :)

It is very difficult resizing partitions once they're created, so the 
choice of a swap file is a sound choice.  Files can be created, removed 
and resized easily without negative consequences for the rest of the system.

If you try to grow a partition you might have to shrink another, and 
hence you'll risk losing all data on that partition if something goes wrong.

René Seindal (rene at seindal.dk)

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