Hrmm.. Haven't had any of those issues.  We run XFS religiously on all data and 
hd intensive apps and in 8 years I don't recall once ever having XFS crap out 
on us without a hardware failure.  As for recoveries after a hardware failure, 
I've only had to do 3 or 4.  On one of them we had a buggy version of 
xfs_repair, and that caused some weirdness, but we had done a full dd before 
the restore to a secondary disk.. After upgrading xfs_repair we got back 
everything with no corruption that we could find.. Now, that's not to say that 
a man page didn't have null's in it, but everything we wanted was there and in 
tact.  At the moment we use GFS as our main filesystem for storing email home 
directories and the like, simply because we are running a multi node 
active/active cluster, but the system was running XFS before hand with a 
secondary disk dedicated to the journal.  That system ran for 4 years, 
sometimes with loads pegging up to 20 (qmail-scanner mostly), but never 
developed any major corruption through hardware failures or somebody randomly 
yanking the power cords out.  I will agree with your other email though as 
well, before I used XFS I used JFS and it was wonderful as well.

Ed McLain

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Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 17:57:09 -0600
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Conversation: [vchkpw] OT - Preferred File Systems
Subject: Re: [vchkpw] OT - Preferred File Systems

Ed McLain wrote:
> XFS.. I'm addicted and will freely admit it.
> We ran some benchmarks a while back between EXT3, XFS, JFS, and ReiserFS with 
> both qmail and mysql.  While MySQL didn't care much, qmail was able to 
> deliver between 10,000 and 20,000 messages per minute more on XFS than either 
> other option.  Also, having had to recover data from all filesystems listed 
> due to hardware or other failures, XFS has been the most reliable and easiest 
> to recover.  Reiser and EXT3 were the worst.  Just my .02.

XFS has the most aggressive data caching schemes of all the filesystems
available for Linux. Are you sure it is the most reliable and the most
recoverable? I have always found files stuffed with nulls on a xfs
filesystem after a crash or a power cut. Never a completely corrupt
filesystem but definitely zero data recovery for freshly created files
just prior to crashing. That is notwithstanding xfs shutting itself down
for no apparent reason (the box did not crash, no disk errors in logs,
etc) which may be resolved by remounting or a reboot but in some cases,
a repair was needed.


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