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Old 03-03-2004, 09:15 AM   #1
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reiserfs, verdict?

So, any thoughts on reiser, people?

Being an old user I was always loathe to move from ext2, but using
it on my new laptop. And it seems okay.
Even survived a nasty lock up during X start (due to a dodgy MMC card).
did reiserfsck etc. and lovely.

Old 03-03-2004, 10:03 AM   #2
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I have been using reiserfs for quite some time now. I moved to reiserfs when I was useing SuSE.

With ext2 a hard disk check after an improper shutdown took a few minutes. With reiserfs its under two seconds. Also reiserfs has rollback, so your risk of file corruption will be extremely low.

reiserfs is really fast. Don't go with ver 4 yet. "It just came out the oven."

The only problem I had was that when I was using SuSE, my reiserfs partitions were all encrypted; and when I moved to Debian, Debian could not recognize encrypted reiserfs partitions (as created by SuSE maybe). So I just recreated them as plain reiserfs partitions and am living happily.

I would go with reiserfs over xfs mainly because you won't have to patch.

If you are not using a journaling file system, you should really do so.

The only thing is that reiserfs does not support tiny partitions (somewhere under3 gb). For example if you create /boot with about 50 mb, you won't be able to make it a reiserfs partition.
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i wanted to use reiserfs for my 6gb laptop sence it claims to save some space, albertfuller, i never knew it wasent for small space, i have a reiserfs on a like 100mb partition (it was uner 500mb for sure, i use it for /var so i think it was 100mb), during install i coulent use reiserfs as my distro only has suport for ext2 when your installing, but after that got corupted (and i did make it ext3, but it still was shit, then it got corupt), i got myself a nice bootable distro wich did suport resierfs and used that to install the distro, i havent had a single problem with reiserfs at all (ok well mybe only 1 time when i made a change to a file then turned off the computer improperly, all that happened was the changes dident get saved (they were deleted when it was mounted))

i defedently recomend reiserfs , unless you need some specialized FS for something
Old 03-03-2004, 11:35 AM   #4
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reiserfs is great . The only noticeable thing is when opening an already mounted FAT32 partition, it takes a few seconds to open. But it really is not a big deal
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Re: reiserfs

Originally posted by albertfuller

The only thing is that reiserfs does not support tiny partitions (somewhere under3 gb). For example if you create /boot with about 50 mb, you won't be able to make it a reiserfs partition.
Reiserfs works fine under 3GB. The reason why you don't want to use reiserfs for VERY small partitions like /boot 50MB or such is the overhead required for the journaling etc, so the resulting space you have for actual data is a lot smaller. But this doesn't really matter once you get bigger partition sizes >500MB or such.



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