Walt Mankowski via plug on 21 Mar 2021 09:50:10 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Windows driver for ext2/ext3

On Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 09:32:56PM -0400, brent saner via plug wrote:
> Oh, you don't like Powershell commands? They're just copypasta, but fair
> enough.
> https://www.windowscentral.com/install-windows-subsystem-linux-windows-10
> No typing required. This method *does* require modifying the Settings, but
> there's screenshots,

I confess I've lost track of your arguments. Are you still maintaining
that this is the simple way to do things? :)

I think it's reasonable that there are a range of solutions to Eric's
problem, and which one is best depends on how often he's going to need
to exchange files with his wife's laptop. Using WSL seems like
overkill if he's only going to do this every couple of months. And if
he's going to do it a lot, probably a NAS or Samba shares, or even a
shared dropbox folder, would be a better solution. I'm honestly not
sure that WSL would ever be the best solution here.

Also, while I've never been married, I believe in the interests of
marital bliss I'd tend to favor solutions that require the least
amount of changes to my spouse's laptop.

> This is... not true, on the Samba point. Not everyone is using some Ubuntu
> derivative where shares and hooks in the file explorer shortcuts pre-exist
> at installtime of the OS.

I was thinking he'd just create a share on his Linux box and map it
as a shared drive on the laptop. That seems pretty simple.

> As for exFAT, it suffers extreme performance degradation the more files are
> on a filesystem, it doesn't support TRIM on nix-like last I checked, and
> you *absolutely* want journaling on a removable disk, otherwise you're left
> with artifact objects over time which you won't be able to fix without
> reformatting the thing.

I'm certainly not going to argue that exFAT is the filesystem I'd pick
for a production system. I'd only recommend it for things like flash
drives because there's good support everywhere.

I don't know about you, but for me I have some flash drives that sit
on my knapsack for months on end until the opportunity arises to use
them. Performance is the way less important than convenience. I don't
want to fiddle around with settings or network connections. I'd gladly
trade a bit longer transfer times for having it just work when I plug
it in. Also, I'm having a hard time imagining a situation where I'm
using flash drives to snearkernet files that the filesystem
performance would even be noticeable, let alone something that I'd
want to optimize for.

All things being equal, I'd certainly prefer to have journaling on a
removable disk. I've got an external drive hooked up to my Linux box
now, and it's ext4. But for a flash drive I use mainly to transfer
files between different machines running different operating systems,
I'd rather have something that works everywhere with a minimum of

Look, this isn't a production system. It will take a lot of cruft to
fill up his 64 GB drive. What's the big deal if the worst case happens
and you have to reformat it? It's all temporary files anyway. And
it'll take way less time than installing WSL2. You don't need a pickup
truck when a wheelbarrow will do.

> access them from within WSL2, which would limit its usefulness.
> >
> What? No, this is also incorrect.
> You can either copy them to the host within WSL:
> https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/faq#how-do-i-access-my-c--drive-

That seems pretty convoluted, but I'm glad to know you can do it.

> Or access the WSL's / from the host:
> https://www.howtogeek.com/426749/how-to-access-your-linux-wsl-files-in-windows-10/

I didn't know this either. Thanks!

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