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Re: fsfs and Linux filesystems

From: Michael Muller <mmuller_at_enduden.com>
Date: 2005-08-30 03:34:11 CEST

I don't wish to spread FUD, but I feel obliged to offer my own anecdotal
evidence: I recently was running Debian on a really old laptop and started
having regular filesystem meltdowns on Reiser which I assumed to be related
to the hardware finally becoming unstable. But then I switched over to ext3
and never had the problem again.

Again, this could very well have been the hardware. And I have since ditched
that system for a shiny new Thinkpad, so it's not like I had ext3 running for
months. Still, this experience left a bad taste in my mouth and I am somewhat
reluctant to use Reiser again.

Marc Haisenko wrote:
> On Monday 29 August 2005 05:41, Stefan Urbat wrote:
> > This FS may be best in matters of performance, but is the worst at now
> > regarding data safety: you should avoid ReiserFS IMHO under all
> > circumstances for truely important data on truely important servers. I had
> > several incidents with it in the past; it is disintegrating itself rather
> > quickly under not optimal circumstances.
> This is FUD. I can not confirm this. On my notebook and our servers where we
> have ReiserFS we never had any problem whatsoever (and my laptop "crashes"
> quite often, most often when my girlfriend trips over the power cord ;-). By
> contrast, I'll never set up an EXT3 again: one of our servers which has EXT3
> needs to do an "fsck -y" /every/ time we reboot it (we do some obscure things
> on that machine which is why we need to reboot it very often, i.e. every two
> months or so). The others need to fsck on reboot as well because it says the
> FS was run too long without checking (and they /always/ find things to fix,
> BTW).
> I haven't lost data with either EXT2/3 or ReiserFS (other than stupdity like
> accidently overwriting the wrong partition, of course), so in term of data
> safety I would say they are both good. EXT2/3 requires more manual checking
> (fsck) IN MY EXPERIENCE, but YMMV.
> --
> Marc Haisenko
> Systemspezialist
> Webport IT-Services GmbH
> mailto: haisenko@webport.de
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