ext3 and Reiserfs (was Re: Some of my Kubuntu-Hoary tweaks )
jm at jmason.org
Fri Apr 15 13:39:35 CDT 2005
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Abdullah Ramazanoglu writes:
> Derek Broughton dedi ki:
> > Certainly, since I started using Reiser I haven't, to my knowledge, lost
> > anything, despite a hard drive failure and a now flaky motherboard,
> > causing frequent (ie, ~twice daily) unscheduled reboots.
> That's quite interesting. I guess I should give reiserfs a shot and torture
> it a bit. :) I hope it doesn't suffer from being rather young (maturity &
> change-rate), and it has equally complete set of supporting tools.
> It's beyond my knowledge to make a precise and definitive pros/cons
> analysis on ext3 vs reiserfs. If I were a Kubuntu dev with this knowledge,
> then I would do a final, definitive analysis and exclusively use either
> ext3 or reiser, with or without cron-syncing, for the best stability
> possible. This would both save some CD space and provide a system whose FS
> resilience can't be compromised by rather less informed user preferences
> during installation.
I really don't think that's wise -- there's more to filesystem choice than
stability and efficiency. For example, at one stage I maintained an
actively-used partition formatted as fat32, despite its lousy performance
in linux -- because it was shareable between Win32 and linux when
dual-booting. Reducing filesystem choice has many side-effects.
PS: if I recall correctly, Reiserfs did have an issue at one stage where
it was liable to data loss. In 2001/2002 (this may have been fixed since
then), Reiserfs wasn't a true journalled filesystem -- metadata was
journalled, but file contents were not. I haven't experienced it myself,
but I've heard reports of corruption and data loss due to this.
'Reiserfs has the added problem that you may have garbage in the contents
of your file if it was in the process of being modified at the time of a
Has that been fixed?
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