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Originally posted by bit7 But if for just 1 bad shutdown the risk is to re-install linux,
*** linux is very very far to compete with the ps M$ systems ***
are you agree ?
A while back I had problems with my power supply causing several bad shutdowns, and the worst that happened was I lost some of my Mozilla bookmarks.
New power supply, and ext3, and no problems since then.
Windows might be more capable of recovering after such a disaster (at least, better than non-journaled filesystems) - at least, in theory (Windows just might be better at ignoring problems), but consider: With FAT, you gotta defrag a lot. Not so with ext2/3. With Windows, you're quite a bit more likely to have a bad shutdown (crappy power supplies aside ). With Windows, you almost have to reinstall the OS every six months anyhow (sorta like changing the oil in your car), or everything turns to crap. Not true with Linux.
For all the trouble I, as a non-expert, have had getting going with Linux, I definitely find it more stable than Windows ever thought to be. And though I've had to re-install Linux several times, owing not to anything deficient in Linux's recovery routines but simply to my not knowing enough about how to use them (making re-installing the only practical course if I wanted to use my computer again) I've been practically thrilled every time to find that re-installing with the "update" option kept all my personal files intact except for a few programs I had added that I had to fetch again from the Internet and reinstall--which only took a few minutes.
Definitely, re-installing Linux is nowhere near as dreadful a task as doing the same with Windows. At least, that's been my consistent experience.
Also, with the ext3 filesystem I have had zero problems with file corruption despite several unexpected shutdowns.
I would go with reiserfs intead of ext3. I haven't had any problems with resier. I have an ext3 partition that I keep all my shared data on (oggs, docs, pics, etc) and sometimes, things just cease to exist. I've lost about 4 cds worth of music...they're just gone. I'm really carefull about file management so I know that I didn't accidentally erase them or move them somewhere else. So, if you haven't reinstalled yet or have everything backed up...go with reiser. Faster and more dependable.
Originally posted by Mara I recommend a juournalled filesystem: ReiserFS or Ext3. If you're using Ext2, it's easy to migrate to Ext3 without reinstalling:
tune2fs -j /dev/hdax
and edit entry in /etc/fstab. That's all.
I am running slack 8.0, kernel 2.4.5, ext2. So, am I can just issue
tune2fs -j /dev/hdax
or anything that I need to do (e.g kernel support or something ?) to switching file system ?
I have been using XFS on RH 7.3 on my server for more than a year and absolurely no problem. I tried ext3 on my laptop and repeatedly got errors on /usr partition. I would clean it up and a few weeks later again all the apps would start crashing for no reason. On rebooting it finds fs error on /usr.
So later changed the partition to reiserfs. Even in this I had problems. So now changed all my partitions to XFS on the laptop too and no problems. I guess, this might an isolated problem in my machine since not many has complained about ext3 & reiserfs.
Try creating an ext3 partition and mounting it if you have space. Else just read the current kernels' options using make xconfig or just parsing thru the .config file. The recent kernels are ext3 enabled.