What techniques for disk, volume and file system management are possible with OS X, but troublesome within Disk Utility?
Subjective questions such as How would you redesign X? are not a good fit – see the links, within the question, to Discussion in Ask Different Chat. So my question there is borderline and may eventually be closed (fair enough).
Where is this going?
- the wish for a redesign of Disk Utility
- the wish for an alternative app, with a graphical user interface, that can do – with disks on OS X – what Disk Utility can not.
As (a) is beyond our control, so (b) may come first and for alternatives to Apple's app, I encourage open source.
In my experience, Apple does listen carefully to feedback. Whilst we can neither control a redesign of Disk Utility nor set a schedule for Apple, we can offer facts and reasons to guide the thinking of the company.
Back to the question in Ask Different. I have:
- only limited experience with ZFS
- almost no experience with other file systems that are (a) usable with OS X but (b) not natively supported by Apple.
So … I can think about design, but my perspective is limited and if a redesign of Disk Utility is to happen:
- the redesign must be broad, and as close as possible to future-proof.
Which other file system communities might we poll on this OS X-oriented subject?
The first that come to mind are:
- ext2 and similar
How wide should the net be cast?
Or can the thoughts of ZEVO and MacZFS communities encompass everything that might in the future be required from a disk utility?
Thoughts please – many thanks.
(I'll also seed this topic with a few design examples.)
Cross-post to zfs-macos for MacZFS: https://groups.google.com/d/topic/zfs-m ... discussion