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Old 09-17-2003, 05:44 PM   #1
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Exclamation what type of partition?(xfs question)

My friend told that if i make a linux partition, i should make it xfs. Whats the difference between ext3 and xfs and should i use xfs?

Also if I decide to use xfs, do i use the bf2.4 boot (for installing the debian distribution)?

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Old 09-17-2003, 06:11 PM   #2
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ext3 is a journalized version of the ext2 filesystem providing metadat journaling for faster recovery. I recommend using this or reiserfs.

xfs is also a fileystem with metadata journaling and is optimized for scalability. Your best to only use this type of filesystem with high end SCSI/and or fibre channel storage with an uninterruptable power supply. So you can lose alot of data if your system crashes unexpectedly.
Old 09-17-2003, 06:22 PM   #3
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The Gentoo install chapter 6 is worth a read for considerations about choosing what filesystem for what partition.

The Advanced filesystem implementor's guide (requires registration) is the best explantionation of file system usage and performance I have seen.

# Linux filesystem structure
Directory Navigation Help File
Filesystems, Directories, and Devices Help File
Proper Filesystem Layout

You will need a kernel that supports xfs for your install, but I haven't gone through a Debian install.

# Debian links
Installing Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 For Intel x86
The Very Verbose Debian 3.0 Installation Walkthrough
Debian Package Management HOWTO Version 1.1


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