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I need an operating system for ARMv6 (Raspberry Pi) that can reliably mount HFS+ Journaled as read/write, with volume sizes up to 16TB.

I've not been able to find details on how stable HFS+ Journaled is in the latest versions of the Linux Kernel.

According to a possibly outdated Wikipedia article, there are several issues with HFS+ Journaled in Linux but work is underway to resolve this:

"As of February 2011, work is in progress to lift this restriction"

I've also looked into using Darwin or NetBSD as Apple uses these so hoped there would be an official driver, but no luck:

  • I can't find a way to compile Darwin for the Raspberry Pi as Apple haven't released the source code for ARM, and seems to have been removed
  • As far as I can tell, Apple haven't released the NetBSD HFS+ drivers used on the Apple Airport

Can anyone answer

  1. Are the stability issues of HFS+ in Linux fixed? (and how I can track this?)
  2. If it's still unstable, can anyone recommend a stable alternative?
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Perhaps of note is this conversation on the linux-fsdevel list, where someone is looking at getting Netgear's HFS+ code working with the Linux kernel - don't think this was resolved though. – penx Apr 23 '13 at 13:38
I have only seen read/write with HFS+ in linux if Journaling is disabled (reliably)... Why are you tied to using HFS+ with linux instead of a traditional linux formatting (or at least a system that has had long tested stability with linux)? – nerdwaller Apr 23 '13 at 13:55
1. I have an existing large partition that would be a lot of work to migrate (partly because I don't have a second device with that much space to backup), 2. because I want to be able to swap the device between my Mac and the Raspberry Pi in the future – penx Apr 23 '13 at 14:02
This doesn't seem to be suited for Server Fault since it's missing the professional workplace context. – slhck May 13 '13 at 14:19
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