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#1 2024-07-10 16:52:02

cloverskull
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Registered: 2018-09-30
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ext4 -> btrfs conversion

Hey friends, has anyone recently done the ext4 to btrfs conversion? The wiki states it can be unsafe and I've read some reports of people saying this presented problems for them. I just wanted to see if anyone here has recently done it because I'd like to, particularly for the snapshot capability. Thanks!

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#2 2024-07-10 22:48:41

mithrial
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Re: ext4 -> btrfs conversion

It always depends on your setup and needs. I did use the tool to convert my root partition from ext4 to btfrs, so you can have one data point of success.

Make a backup.

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#3 2024-07-11 11:02:06

Head_on_a_Stick
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Re: ext4 -> btrfs conversion

I lost an Arch system to a botched ext4 to btrfs conversion but it was a while ago.

I don't do backups so that was a fun experience.


Destruam et ædificabo

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#4 2024-07-11 15:26:05

c00ter
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From: Alaskan in Washington State
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Re: ext4 -> btrfs conversion

Same experience as Head_on_a_Stick.


UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things. -- Doug Gwyn

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#5 2024-07-11 17:17:38

cloverskull
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Re: ext4 -> btrfs conversion

Yikes. Ok. So one positive and two negative results. That's a bummer.

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#6 2024-07-12 08:12:54

mithrial
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Re: ext4 -> btrfs conversion

What you could do is rsyncing your root partition to a external drive. Then, delete the ext4 partition and create your btrfs partition (with subvolumes), and then rsync everything back to the newly created partition.

The UUIDs changed, so you have to update at least the `/etc/fstab` and the kernel parameter `root=`.

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