[Sidefx-houdini-list] macs and Houdini and disk partitions

Larry Giunta larry at gcreativestudios.com
Tue Jul 27 16:08:26 EDT 2010

Apologies for branching off this tread.

We're just setting up a Mac pro to run Houdini and we're dropping it  
on a small network with a few Linux systems also running Houdini.

We added a few extra internal drives to the Mac system ( mainly for  
rendering and sharing Houdini data ) and we're wondering what the  
best option for formating these drives would be so they interact  
smoothly with our other Linux systems.

Main question is should we choose Mac OS extended (Journaled ) or  
straight Mac OS extended??

The goal is to be able to mount these partitions on the Linux systems  
( and vice versa ) so we can, for example, render on the Linux  
systems and
source textures, hip file etc from the Mac ... and then save the  
final renders back to the Mac partitions.  Basically, using NFS, be  
able to use these Mac partitions on our small network the same way we  
currently share data between all of our linux ext3 partitions.

I'm seeing some posts indicating that choosing "journaled" may  
confine us to "read only" when mounted on the Linux system  ... or  
possibly limit
our flexibility in other ways??

Just wondering if anyone has any experience they can share regarding  
any negative issues we might encounter.

Thanks for any help.


On Jul 23, 2010, at 10:25 PM, Graham Thompson wrote:

> Yeah you definitely see a lot of places who mention in their job
> descriptions that experience with linux is a big plus.  Running all
> your pipeline and shot commands through a text terminal can be quite
> the shock to people who have used Windows all their life.  That's one
> of the things I like about OS X is that it's based on unix and
> functions fairly similar to your linux distro except it's a lot more
> hidden with Apples GUI all over the top.  You can still file up the
> terminal and use it just like you would linux.  The directory
> structure is very similar and you get all the lovely terminal
> commands.  Personally that's how I use it for for all my Houdini and
> work related things.  I have lots of environment variables for paths,
> script directories and whatnot setup and I use it to write code just
> like I would with vim through my terminal on Ubuntu.  Unless you are
> going to be a system admin type person, in my opinion when they ask
> for linux experience/knowledge they are really just looking for  the
> ability to competently function in a terminal setting.  Can you
> navigate directories, create folders, move and delete files.  Can you
> run scripts and functions to setup shots and publish assets.  Shell
> scripting can also be useful.  If you are comfortable doing all the
> stuff then its super easy to get a person going in any unix based
> environment.  If  OS X didn't have the terminal available in all
> honesty I'd have my computer back double or triple booted and spend
> 95% of my time in linux just because that's the way I like to work.
> On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 6:31 PM, Alex Czetwertynski
> <

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