Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 7th Oct 2007 23:01 UTC
Mac OS X Developers have received from Apple a 'ZFS on Mac OS X Preview 1.1' package, which offers preliminary support for the ZFS file system, originally developed by Sun Microsystems for their Solaris OS. Currently, the Mac OS is based on the HFS+ file system, but leaked screenshots of earlier versions of Leopard showed options for formatting hard drives for ZFS. Reportedly, this preview allows full read and write capabilities with the latest developer build of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Apple's upcoming version of its OS X operating system.
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RE[2]: RAM
by Wrawrat on Tue 9th Oct 2007 00:32 UTC in reply to "RE: RAM"
Wrawrat
Member since:
2005-06-30

Perhaps it's just me, but I have a problem with building a brand new box for running a goddamn filesystem. I have always favoured security and data integrity over performance. Still, if you need these specs for getting decent performance, what are you going to need to run services on it?

I expect additional overhead from modern software and I understand their focus on new hardware. It doesn't prohibit optimisations, though. It does spoil my plans from getting a Solaris server with ZFS and Zones on an older box (Athlon XP 2500+ with 768 Mb RAM).

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RE[3]: RAM
by sbergman27 on Tue 9th Oct 2007 03:13 in reply to "RE[2]: RAM"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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Perhaps it's just me, but I have a problem with building a brand new box for running a goddamn filesystem.
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To be honest, I can't help but suspect that these people saying you need a 64 bit processor and multi-gigabytes of ram to get decent performance with ZFS are full of it.

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RE[3]: RAM
by tyrione on Tue 9th Oct 2007 06:08 in reply to "RE[2]: RAM"
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2005-11-21
RE[4]: RAM
by whartung on Wed 10th Oct 2007 01:13 in reply to "RE[3]: RAM"
whartung Member since:
2005-07-06

This may well be a reason why ZFS is backburned for Leopard. If it does show up, it will show up in the OS X Server first, and then work its way down to regular OS X. But if it's as memory intensive as it sounds, then a 1GB notebook could well be struggling.

I can easily see 2GB machines being the "norm" when Apple does decide to roll ZFS in to the main stream.

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RE[3]: RAM
by FunkyELF on Thu 11th Oct 2007 12:05 in reply to "RE[2]: RAM"
FunkyELF Member since:
2006-07-26

Perhaps it's just me, but I have a problem with building a brand new box for running a goddamn filesystem.

Exactly. Traditionally my fileservers have been built out of my older machines.
The problem is....even my newest machine (P4 3.0GHz w/ HT) isn't 64 bit.
Something is wrong if the fastest computer in your house is a fileserver.

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