Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Jun 2014 14:03 UTC
Mac OS X

HFS+ lost a total of 28 files over the course of 6 years.

Most of the corrupted files are completely unreadable. The JPEGs typically decode partially, up to the point of failure. So if you're lucky, you may get most of the image except the bottom part. The raw .CR2 files usually turn out to be totally unreadable: either completely black or having a large color overlay on significant portions of the photo. Most of these shots are not so important, but a handful of them are. One of the CR2 files in particular, is a very good picture of my son when he was a baby. I printed and framed that photo, so I am glad that I did not lose the original.

If you're keeping all your files and backups on HFS+ volumes, you're doing it wrong.

HFS+ is a weird vestigial pre-OS X leftover that, for some reason, Apple just does not replace. Apple tends to be relentless when it comes to moving on from past code, but HFS+ just refuses to die. As John Siracusa, long-time critic of HFS+, stated way back in 2011:

I would have certainly welcomed ZFS with open arms, but I was equally confident that Apple could create its own file system suited to its particular needs. That confidence remains, but the ZFS distraction may have added years to the timetable.

Three years later, and still nothing, and with Yosemite also shipping with HFS+, it'll take another 1-2 years before we possibly see a new, modern, non-crappy filesystem for OS X. Decades from now, books will be written about this saga.

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silviucc
Member since:
2009-12-05

Nobody in the fanboy camp is going to care about "ZFS filesystem" as a bullet point when they buy their Macs.

HFS+ is going to be kept on there as long as it is "good enough" (tm)

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Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

If anybody can find a way to make ZFS sexy for the mass-market, it's Apple.

Making mundane features appear as gifts from God is what Apple does best. Remember how back when Puma was released, resizing windows in a manner that wasn't completely unusably slow was touted as a "Feature"?

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silviucc Member since:
2009-12-05

Indeed, but resizing windows is something that the fool can see. ZFS being self-healing and offering top-notch data integrity ain't exactly like that.

Disclaimer: I'm not a marketer and even though I can easily see through bullshit I'm quite incapable of producing it. As Apple employs top bullshitters, they might come up with something for ZFS (or any other decent FS out there)

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The123king Member since:
2009-05-28

Not only is Apple good at making mundane features appear as gifts from God, they're very good at selling shit like it's plated in gold. The multitasking bar pre iOS7 comes to mind, as does Ping. Though, as a general rule, if it's shit, then Apple usually axe it fairly quickly for something slightly less shit, (like the iOS7 multitasking "switcher" thing, and iTunes Radio)

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No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Mac users will tell you about how much money they've saved by using DiskWarrior instead.

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someone Member since:
2006-01-12

I think you are seriously underestimating Apple's ability to market "esoteric" core OS technologies (eg. Grand Central Dispatch, Timer Colescing). They pulled off an OS X release with "zero" new features (Snow Leopard)

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bert64 Member since:
2007-04-23

Snow leopard introduced OpenCL...

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