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    Default Which filesystem?

    What's the difference between the various file system options under which to install SUSE12.2 on? Should I just stick with EXT4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil20 View Post
    What's the difference between the various file system options under which to install SUSE12.2 on? Should I just stick with EXT4?
    This article presents it very well. And may be of help in choosing, I'm sure you'll get many opinions.

    HTG Explains: Which Linux File System Should You Choose? - How-To Geek

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    On 01/10/2013 02:26 PM, Devil20 wrote:
    > Should I just stick with EXT4?


    that is what i use, and what i think most home users are best with...i
    know btrfs sounds great, and it _will_ be someday, but that day has not
    come yet, for me....

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    Default Re: Which filesystem?

    Most filesystem choices are decent enough. The short answer I would recommend as above is to just use ext4. It's the default for a reason.
    • It is simple and uncomplicated
    • Has a long legacy of reliable technology
    • Backwards compatibility
    • Journaling
    • Fast file system check (this really helps)


    However the other filesystems can be awesome as well. The cutting edge btrfs support compression, subvolumes, and an internal raid. Though some say it has the potential for bugs being so new. I can't say one way or the other but I personally would use something more well tested.

    Xfs has traditionally awesome scalability for heavy workloads with a lot of devices. I have found it to be reliable.

    Ext3 is probably about as reliable as it would get.

    I am unsure if reiserfs is a real option still or if there is any advantage to it.

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    OK thanks chaps. I'll stick with ext4 then.

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    On 2013-01-10 17:16, nightwishfan wrote:
    > I am unsure if reiserfs is a real option still or if there is any
    > advantage to it.


    Yes to both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    Yes to both.
    Actually, I should just assume so considering it is still in the kernel.

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    gnome-system-monitor says that i use ext4
    Yes i did botch up and did not create a separate home partition
    I wonder whether my next upgrade spare my /home :-(
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    On 01/10/2013 10:16 AM, nightwishfan wrote:
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    > Most filesystem choices are decent enough. The short answer I would
    > recommend as above is to just use *ext4*. It's the default for a reason.


    uh... but ext4 was a briefly lived apparition on SLES.. and removed on SLES 11
    SP2. Just saying. Ext4 is chosen in openSUSE by force, not because it's deemed
    as the "future". We all know that it's a temporary filesystem because we're
    sort of in limbo on alternatives. SLES 11 doesn't seem to believe ext4 is
    stable. Just saying.

    With that said, I have used ext4 on openSUSE and have had no problems yet.. but
    do read the forums, etc.... not everybody has had good experiences with ext4.

    I also use XFS ... but it does have some short comings... so depending on your
    needs, it may be a good choice.

    Red Hat (the force behind ext4 and now, sadly, xfs as well) is supporting both
    ext4 and xfs as the alternatives aren't "owned" by them...

    I'm betting on the alternatives....

    ....snip...
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    > Xfs has traditionally awesome scalability for heavy workloads with a
    > lot of devices. I have found it to be reliable.
    >
    > Ext3 is probably about as reliable as it would get.


    Yep... like he said...

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    > I am unsure if reiserfs is a real option still or if there is any
    > advantage to it.


    The problem for reiserfs is support. So.. while it's superior in may ways to
    current choices, it can't be a choice just due to lack of support.

    Reiserfs is still a fairly fast and easily grown (ultra fast at that)
    filesystem. Sad to see it go. Try extending ext3 by 500GB and see how fast the
    resize is.... ext4 is faster, but still not as fast as reiserfs. That's not
    all that interesting to a home user, but in the enterprise, it's very significant.

    There's still a glimmer of hope for reiser4, but I wouldn't count on it.

    Btrfs, now that the author is out of Oracle, has a real chance. It's different
    though. I also like the "log" filesystems like nilfs2, and others.

    There's a few ultra new players out there, but too early on....



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    We all know that it's a temporary filesystem because we're
    sort of in limbo on alternatives. SLES 11 doesn't seem to believe ext4 is
    stable. Just saying.
    It has been temporary for quite a long time then.

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