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Old 12-04-2003, 05:26 AM   #1
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Question Which file system is better, ext2, ext3 or reiserfs? Which are the actual differences

It's my very first attempt with Linux, and the very first question that I encountered in the installation of Slackware already stopped me.

Which are the differences between the possible file systems? Which are the actual differences in the final behaviour of the system?

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ext2 is an old well proven filesystem, native to Linux for years.
ext3 and reiser are journaling filesystems, which effectively makes them much more robust in case of lock-ups etc. Choose ext3 or reiser .
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... for starting out?


I've been researching this topic, and though I still haven't sorted it out, I reckon you should go for EXT2.

It's true that it's less advanced as REISER or EXT3, but, if you are a true starter (and not a guru in disguise ), the journalling feature of EXT3 and the (supposedly) unfragmenting nature of REISER are characteristics you don't necessarily need.

But the critical reason is that EXT3 and REISER are less well supported by many traditional linux tools.

Look at me, I have EXT3 and before I use any of them (talking *e2fs here) I need to convert back down to EXT2. Many people maintain that ext3 is almost the same as ext2, and that conversion is "trivial". But in the exactitude that pervades computer science, those non-commital opinions aren't good enough.

I say stick to EXT2, and upgrade to EXT3 as you get better at linux.
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Although what Class_Struggle says is true, not everything supports ext3, they do all support ext2, an ext3 filesystem can be accessed as if it were ext2 with no hassle at all. Essentially, the ext3 filesystem is the ext2 filesystem with a journal on top. If you access it as ext2 then you won't get the benefit of the journal, but that should be it. Most recent distros will support ext3 natively (ie without a lot of tinkering) - it seems to be rescue disks that are not happy with the journal - in which case you don't use the journal when rescueing. Simple.
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I really thank you for your advices. I think I will try ext3, and then I'll let you know.

I want to express my deepest thank for the assistance you give to newbies. It's the most important thing to let the community grow in number.
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I've used ext2fs for very long time, and I was comfortable with it except for one thing. When I had to reset my computer, there were a lot of disk errors with inodes etc. Solution was in ReiserFS and his journaling. That's wahy I advise you to choose ReiserFS or ext3.


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