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Re: Considerations for lilo removal

On Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 02:34:10PM +0100, Sandro Tosi wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 14:24, Lennart Sorensen
> <lsorense@csclub.uwaterloo.ca> wrote:
> > On Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 10:06:18AM +0100, Sandro Tosi wrote:
> >> > Who uses xfs, really?
> >>
> >> I do, really, on every systems I have.
> >
> > I tried 4 years ago and had to switch because it was way too unstable
> > and buggy in the 2.6 kernels at the time (2.6 up to around 2.6.10).
> > Doing rm -rf on something like the kernel or gcc's source code was
> > almost certain to lock up the system.
> >
> > So XFS might be a great file system, but the implementation left
> > something to be desired and I haven't had the patience to try it again
> > since.
> http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/388

Well my criteria for a filesystem really are:

Does it store my data reliably without corruption:
ext3: yes
reiserfs: no
xfs: not when I tried it

Does it crash the machine on me:
ext3: no
reiserfs: no
xfs: yes when I tried it

Performance is way down the list compared to reliability.  That article
is really not of much interest until all the filesystems can run
reliably without crashing and without risk of data corruption (which I
believe reiserfs 3.x can never achive, but perhaps 4.x can).

I haven't tried jfs but so far ext3 works for me, and reiserfs does not,
and xfs did not when I gave it a try.

I am considering converting my mythtv box to xfs or jsf to see if it
handles the streaming of video files better than ext3, but for typical
data storage I am not willing to give anything else a try right now.

Len Sorensen

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