Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 28th Aug 2001 19:20 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews The days of the plain filesystems like FAT32 and ext2 seem to have past. Newer operating systems are offering journal, 64-bit filesystems, with features like supporting terrabytes of filesizes or attaching attributed meta-data in them. Today we are interviewing (in a given set of questions) the main people behind IBM's JFS, NameSys' ReiserFS and SGI's XFS. Read on about the status of their filesystems, their abilities and what they are aiming for the future.
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Indexing (to Stephen Anthony)
by Sander Stoks on Thu 30th Aug 2001 10:04 UTC

Actually, you'll probably find that with modern hard drives, the time in which you can search the entire FS and simply examine each file is not very long anymore. That is why you make a "noindex" bfs volume for holding, say, your source trees. If I were to design a new filesystem today, I would leave _out_ indexing since that means you incur quite an overhead for day-to-day operations (and an increase in code complexity, of course) to gain "quick finding of files". Someone with a modern disk and, say, ext2fs, how long does it take to run a find command? (Genuine question, not a troll.)