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Make XFS the Default Filesystem

Feature state

openSUSE-11.3
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Description

Or at least allow the user to choose which filesystem to use during the install process.

User benefit:

XFS is stable, has good performance and doesn't keep your hard drive awake with journaling.

Discussion


icons/user_comment.png S. K. wrote: (7 years ago)

How is this not already provided for in the installer's partition editor?  If memory serves I can use XFS when I am partitioning during a DVD-based install.

icons/user_comment.png R. D. wrote: (7 years ago)

XFS does not have the data reliability enhancements mde to ext3/ext4 and ext4 is faster over all benchmark tests I come across.  ext4 has more active developers, with XFS a small pool.

In 11.2 I actually did format some XFS filessystems, for storing large file data, which I wanted to share with older version Linux, so this feature is alraedy implemented.

Do custom partition (for experts), size the disks, then you have filesystem format & fstab option form.

icons/user_comment.png J. E. wrote: (7 years ago)

Ext* does not have the fast quota bulkstat and atomic quota-keeping that XFS does.

icons/user_comment.png R. D. wrote: (7 years ago)

XFS is slow on mass deletions.  How many openSUSE users need to manage quotas?

XFS tends to result in files filled with nulls if you don't use a UPS, and SGI workstations were designed to maintain power to disks to complete transfers for a while on power disruption, to avoid this problem.

icons/user_comment.png J. E. wrote: (7 years ago)

>XFS tends to result in files filled with nulls if you don't use a UPS

Boo. Go do your homework, ext4 basically has the same issue. As does ext3, just to a lesser extent because it commits more often.

icons/user_comment.png M. K. wrote: (7 years ago)

Considering how many times my ext filesystems were trashed and I never ever had any data loss problem with XFS, XFS is the only sensible choice ATM.

icons/user_comment.png J. E. wrote: (7 years ago)

You realize that "I never had a crash with xyz, but I did have tons with abc" is the least convincing argument of all. Because everybody has a different xyz and abc.

icons/user_comment.png M. K. wrote: (7 years ago)

On completely different PCs I had data losses with ext file systems. Never with XFS.

icons/user_comment.png J. E. wrote: (7 years ago)

XFS does come to show age when dealing with a lots of metadata updates (prime example: extracting kernel source).

icons/user_comment.png R. D. wrote: (7 years ago)

I am using XFS for compatability with older releases, and it is a fine file system for large files, but just not sensible choice for default filesystem.  There were difficulties with boot loader to for 11.1, where using ext2/3 was the recommended option, I believe due to limitations in GRUB 0.97.

icons/user_comment.png C. W. wrote: (7 years ago)

Sorry I was wrong.   You can install on XFS as an option.   Thanks for the comments.

Last change: 7 years ago
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