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Old 05-20-2006, 06:24 AM   #1
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Best filesystem for a music server


does anyone here know/have experience with which filesystem would be best for a fileserver that serves up music files?

I was using ReiserFS for my data partitions and ext3 for the root partition but Reiser i've read is best at handling lots of "small" files. The articles i read didn't say exactly what "small" was but example uses for Reiser were mail servers which means small would be in the kilobyte range.

I've lots of er bigish files (from 2 to 10 megs on average)

would XFS or any of the other filesystems be better/more efficent than Reiser for my purposes?

The aspect I'm most interested in is efficency of storage - ie would a (say) XFS partion be able to hold more files (in the 2 to 10meg range ) that a Reiser partion?

any thoughts/comments welcome
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Very much my opionion, but I don't think it really matters for everything but enterprise usuage. I dare say you'd notice any difference whatever file system you use.
I tend to go for Ext3 or Reiserfs depending on my mood, as both are journalled.
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I think your music files still fit into the "small" file sizerange. I use XFS for my large file filesystems, but my definition of large file is 2+ gigabytes. I doubt you'll need the "faster" filesystem for a music server. Personally, I'd want the "safest".

There are tons of filesystem comparisons and benchmark tests out there on the web. Do some Google searches on some of these words. Here's one I used a while back:

It's a big page, scroll way down until you find the nice little graphs comparing filesystems.
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I'd rather the safest as well. XFS is good for things like MythTV boxes etc, MP3s are a tad small. I'd go with ext3 and use this to get the most out of it


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