File system beliefs are rooted in experience

Jonathan Dodson jdodson at
Tue Sep 5 17:11:37 BST 2006

On Tue, 2006-09-05 at 07:43 -0700, Ian Soutar wrote:
> I do installations for poor people of linux in Victoria BC Canada.   I 
> was worried about the integrity of data because I cannot afford to 
> endlessly fix file systems for these computers.   I went around town to 
> ISP groups and others who ran large file systems on linux.   Everyone I 
> spoke to suggested ext3 as the most reliable and everyone had lost data 
> with these other file systems except ext3.  I spoke to about 8 people 
> who were internet service provider tech support guys.
> This matches my experience where I have lost data seriously on reiser 
> and xfs.   My worst experiences are on reiser.   Now the common thing in 
> my experience is that I used several laptops where power failures at 
> in-opportune times simply happen and cannot always be avoided.  Laptops 
> are becoming the main line computers of the future.
> Ext3 has always survived and the journal has never been corrupted.   
> However it is reassuring to know that I could drop back to ext2 to 
> recover the data.
> My strong belief is the the old and slow ext3 is by far the safer way to go.

Preach it brother, Ext3 is "the s*it." (rough translation, Ext3 is

Though, perhaps such a testimony would be amazing on the ubuntu forums
and user list.

Keep rockin' in the free software world.

> Ian Soutar
Jon Dodson

Software Engineer 
OpenSourcery LLC
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