In this article, Daniel Robbins (President/CEO, Gentoo Technologies, Inc.) shows you how to use the latest filesystem technologies in Linux 2.4 and gives an update on the status of the XFS, ReiserFS, and ext3 filesystems. He shares implementation advice, performance information, important technical notes, as well as an outline of how these various filesystems will continue to improve over the next year. You can also view his previous article in this series, which shows you how to get XFS up and running.
Advanced Filesystem Implementor’s Guide, Part 11
Submitted by Debinay 2002-07-16 General Development 2 Comments
Thanks to XFS, I actually have a use for Linux… fileservers. While md performance seens to lag behind vinum quite a bit, XFS more than makes up for it.
I really hope UFS2 makes some advances as far as reducing the fsck time and better handling of soft update inconsistancies goes. While soft updates are great, soft update consistancies in conjunction with a crash seem to be more trouble than it’s worth.
It seems for now that you just can’t use a BSD for a storage server with large volumes. Linux/XFS seems a good choice for smaller, lower traffic servers and Solaris/VxFS for higher traffic ones.
I have to agree with you on that. I use FreeBSD for all my systems with one exception, my file server which uses Debian with ReiserFS.