32 bit version - feasible/possible to add support for btrfs?


I've installed Elive 3.0.6 (x86) on an old computer.

While installing Elive and after using it, I noticed it seemingly have no support for btrfs. Assuing this is because of old kernel (3. something) ?

My question is : Are file system support tied to the kernel version, or is it something that could possible be added afterwards, regardless of the kernel age ?

This is not something I can help with. @triantares and/or @Thanatermesis do you know?

Yes, they are.....and as 3.0.6 is so outdated that there's not much chance of getting more modern stuff to run.
If that were possible we'd have already done it. :nod:

Your best bet would be to try and install the Beta 3.8.20 version on that machine.

Thank you for answer.

I may try the beta, but I have now something that works (simple file server and ssh) and it's one of very few distros that are able to run on that old computer. So unless the 3.0.6 is soon to get no support (security wise) then I think I'm stick to it.

The computer are not able to boot on USB so every time I test a different distro I have to spend a little more than one DVD (sometimes burner process fails).

Exactly what are the specs of that old machine?
And what usage do you have in mind for it?

Stable is agood choice for old machines and still works quite well with a few age restrictions, whereas Beta is fairly lightweight by itself too but might make a machine struggle when it comes to RAM usage.

There's not very much that can be done to make Stable better or more "modern" than it already is .... in general it's usefull "as is" or it just isn't enough for a lot of people, depending on what they want to use it for..


From the time it had Bunsenlabs installed:

sprinterdriver@bunsenlabs32:~$ sudo inxi -Fxmz
[sudo] password for sprinterdriver: 
System:    Host: bunsenlabs32 Kernel: 4.9.0-12-686-pae i686 (32 bit gcc: 6.3.0) Console: tty 0
           Distro: BunsenLabs GNU/Linux 9.8 (Helium)
Machine:   Device: desktop Mobo: MSI model: MS-6380E v: 1.0 BIOS: American Megatrends v: 07.00T date: 04/02/01
CPU:       Single core AMD Athlon XP 2000+ (-UP-) cache: 256 KB
           flags: (pae sse) bmips: 3387 speed: 1693 MHz (max)
Memory:    Array-1 capacity: 3 GB (check) devices: N/A EC: N/A max module size: 1 GB
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA NV40 [GeForce 6800] bus-ID: 01:00.0
           Display Server: X.org 1.19.2 drivers: vesa,nouveau (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev)
           tty size: 140x37 Advanced Data: N/A for root out of X
Audio:     Card VIA VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller driver: snd_via82xx port: e800 bus-ID: 00:11.5
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.9.0-12-686-pae
Network:   Card: Realtek RTL-8100/8101L/8139 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
           driver: 8139too v: 0.9.28 port: ec00 bus-ID: 00:07.0
           IF: enp0s7 state: unknown speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 64.4GB (8.2% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: MAXTOR_6L060J3 size: 60.0GB temp: 41C
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: SAMSUNG_SV0432A size: 4.3GB temp: 0C
Partition: ID-1: / size: 21G used: 3.5G (19%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: /home size: 14G used: 87M (1%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda6
           ID-3: /var size: 3.4G used: 865M (28%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb2
           ID-4: swap-1 size: 0.63GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sdb1
Sensors:   None detected - is lm-sensors installed and configured?
Info:      Processes: 147 Uptime: 44 min Memory: 183.9/1004.1MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 6.3.0
           Client: Shell (sudo) inxi: 2.3.5 

Once again, I'm perfectly fine using ext4 on this computer :grinning:

That machine should be perfectly capable of running Beta x32.

I'd recommend giving Beta a try (and getting a RW DVD :nod: ), you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Just make sure you dont save important data in btrfs :slight_smile: