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Old 12-18-2004, 11:34 PM   #1
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Question ext2, ext3 or reiser FS

slackware 10.0 install asked me which file system i wanted.

ext2 - fast and stable it said
ext3 - same as ext2 but with journaling capabilities
reiser - journaling with a tree like structure

it's just a workstation, nothing special.
maybe i'll run apache or ftp, but thats about it.

so i chose ext2, bad or good?

Old 12-18-2004, 11:36 PM   #2
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Well, like it said, ext2 is not journalled, so that makes it more difficult to recover the filesystem after a crash or power outage. I've never had a problem with Reiser and very few with ext3, so I'd go with one of those.
Old 12-18-2004, 11:48 PM   #3
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Go with ext3. reisers has some issues with security and permissions
Old 12-19-2004, 01:47 AM   #4
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If you are running Slackware, I suggest you go with what Patrick makes the default: reiser

FWIW that's what I do, and at least for me I haven't had any issues. -- J.W.
Old 12-19-2004, 02:40 AM   #5
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yeah if ur computer shutsdown unexpectedly while u have ext2 then most probably it wont startups again

i choose reiserfs also and havent had any problems
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Another vote for reiser. But the important thing is to not use ext2, really, and you can switch to ext3 with a simple tune2fs -j, IIRC.
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I like ext3 the best. I've had no problems and I am very happy with it.
Old 12-20-2004, 09:14 PM   #8
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Another ext3 vote, simpler than reiser and it gets the job done well.
Old 12-20-2004, 09:19 PM   #9
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with reiser, if you format, does it completely wipe out the harddrive? If not how would you completely wipe it out?
Old 12-21-2004, 04:05 AM   #10
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I go ext3 all the way


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