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By hagar006, Senior Member on 17th June 2015, 05:46 AM
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F2FS improves the benchmark score in most (if not all) devices by around 20%..

For testing:
I have modified an APK containing Aroma Installer to flash recoveries to fotakernel for our ZR's. This is an initial release..
It contains 2 recoveries.
PhilZ Touch and TWRP with f2fs (TWRP) support which has been tested and working in both Resurrection and Validus builds/ports and should work in all cm11 and CM12/CM12.1 with f2fs working in cm12 after march this year

Install the apk and flash either Philz or Twrp through the app in the drawer..
And no, this is not Xperia Recovery manager.
The recoveries are both contained in the app so making it 22MB to download.
The TWRP 2.8.7.0 has new graphics and f2fs support
PhilZ is stock 6.57.9 cwm v6.0.5.1 shared by @uncomment

Download APP here (contains the 2 recoveries mentioned above): Removed because of bugs.. will fix and upload to new link..

TWRP 2.8.7.0 f2fs with updated graphics flashable zip: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3s...ew?usp=sharing
(This is the latest recovery from TeamWin with their new blue theme.. I personally didn't like all that blue so I changed the images.. See screenshot below)

Philz Touch 6.57.9 flashable zip:https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3s...ew?usp=sharing

Flashable ZIP stock TWRP 2.8.7.0 with f2fs:
Put the zip in you sd card and flash through recovery.. This will push the twrp 2.8.7.0 f2fs to your fota kernel, reboot recovery after flash...

Download: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3s...ew?usp=sharing

Please test (recovery.img)
UPDATED TO TWRP 2.8.7.0

Download here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3s...ew?usp=sharing
Instructions are the same as below...

This is TWRP 2.8.6.0

Download here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3s...ew?usp=sharing

Place the recovery.img (it is named twrp.img when you download but rename to recovery.img) to you internal storage and use adb or emulator (download Android Terminal Emulator free from Store) commands to install to your Fota:
su (enter and grant root access if using Emulator)
dd if=/sdcard/recovery.img of=/dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/FOTAKernel (enter)


If you use Xperia Recovery Manager app by @championswimmer, rename the recovery.img to twrp.img and put in the TWRPXperia folder on your sd-card and flash to Fota through the app. Confirmed working.

If the image doesn't install correctly, please flash this hack:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...51&postcount=2

Only cache and data/ ext-sdcard is convertible for now, if you try to convert system, you will brick your phone..
Use the following method to convert:
Convert to f2fs by pressing Wipe > Advanced Wipe > select the desired partition > Repair or change filesystem > Change filesystem > f2fs

Some added info by @nostupidthing
with f2fs twrp installed, i've changed /cache and /data into f2fs without wiping. you just have to backup /data, then format it as f2fs, click "use rm-rf instead for format" in twrp settings, then restore /data.

If any one is looking for a theme for twrp recovery, i found an excellent theme here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/andr...-play-t2915584
(Download resolution 720x1280 for ZR)

As an added service I am willing to personalize the splash screen at recovery start-up should you have any request ie your name, flag etc but i will insist that "TeamWin" will be present somewhere on your personalized splash.. After all, we all benefit from their hard work.. Do not expect your request to be done within the hour but periodically check and i will upload and link as and when you request is done..

Massive thanks to @uncomment and @o-l-a-v and @Olivier and @blastagator and @qsnc including @nostupidthing for testing and for making this possible. @SdtBarbarossa for the app!!
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17th June 2015, 05:19 PM |#2  
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the "now changing the microsd to f2fs" is not necessary for /data & /cache. you may or may not like to do it, and i ended up not doing it because copying my several gbs of files out of the microsd takes so much time and i just gave up.. :P

but if anyone wants to do it, basically you just copy the files to your PC, then format the microsd to f2fs, then copy the files back there.
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the "now changing the microsd to f2fs" is not necessary for /data & /cache. you may or may not like to do it, and i ended up not doing it because copying my several gbs of files out of the microsd takes so much time and i just gave up.. :P

but if anyone wants to do it, basically you just copy the files to your PC, then format the microsd to f2fs, then copy the files back there.


I agree with you.. I have formatted my ext sd card but like you said, took ages to copy the content to pc and back again.. In my opinion not worth doing if anyone, like me, use the ext_sd card for storage of music and downloads etc.. Cache and data absolutely worth doing tho.. A great many thanks for your comments and help doing this..

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one more thing. backing up /data via twrp will not back up your "internal sd" files, like camera photos if you store them internally instead of on the microsd, so you have to copy those yourself as well.
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Added flashable zip to op... Should make things easier..
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the 2.8.7 flashable zip works, bro. thx.
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hey, any chance that you make an insaller version ?
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hey, any chance that you make an insaller version ?

I'll look in to it..
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I'll look in to it..

Great

BTW, I would suggest you to set TWRP's file manager to open SDCARD1 by default instead of SDCARD0, if possible, or even both to let users choose. I'm not sure if this is ROM or Recovery dependent because it worked this way through the latest Validus ROM. I'd bet on the recovery side though.
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Great



BTW, I would suggest you to set TWRP's file manager to open SDCARD1 by default instead of SDCARD0, if possible, or even both to let users choose. I'm not sure if this is ROM or Recovery dependent because it worked this way through the latest Validus ROM. I'd bet on the recovery side though.


It's party of the recovery but a few spaces down from the top in file manager is external_SD and a few spaces lower is SD_card so should be easy enough to find the way around..
BTW I've made new images and things for twrp which makes it a little easier to see but I'm waiting for permission from someone as I used their ui.xml to make that.. Will be added as soon as

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