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Ext4 is now the primary filesystem on my laptop

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| Over the weekend, I converted my laptop to use the ext4 filesystem. So far
| so good! So far I’ve found one bug as a result of my using ext4 in
| production (if delayed allocation is enabled, i_blocks doesn’t get updated
| until the block allocation takes place, so files can appear to have 0k
| blocksize right after they are created, which is confusing/unfortunate), but
| nothing super serious yet. I will be doing backups a bit more frequently
| until I’m absolutely sure things are rock solid, though!



ext4 Implementation

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| One major feature present in Fedora 9 will be the ext4 implementation. The
| new filesystem will not be the default for the distro, but will be available
| for users and systems administrators to enable. New functionality includes
| larger capacities and online defragmentation, for better performance and more
| reliability. To find out more, we talked with Eric Sandeen, Fedora project
| member and filesystem developer at Red Hat. * *



A better ext4 filesystem for Linux

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| A new Linux filesystem gets rid of the 256-petabyte limit, and adds a
| checksum feature for the journal. But developers want you to know that it's
| not yet ready for production sytems. *


ext4 2.6.25 Merge Plans

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| "The following patches have been in the -mm tree for a while, and I plan to
| push them to Linus when the 2.6.25 merge window opens," began Theodore Ts'o,
| offering the patches for review before they are merged. *


ZFS, XFS, EXT4 Filesystems Compared

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| EXT4 is fast for metadata operations, tar, untar, cpio, and postmark. EXT4 is
| much faster than the others under FFSB. EXT4 with hardware RAID and external
| journal device is ludicrously fast. EXT4 seems to have a bad interaction with
| software RAID, probably because mkfs fails to query the RAID layout when
| setting the filesystem parameters. * *
| ZFS has excellent performance on metadata tests. ZFS has very bad sequential
| transfer with hardware RAID and appalling sequential transfer with software
| RAID. ZFS can copy the linux kernel source code in only 3 seconds! ZFS has
| equal latency for read and write requests under mixed loads, which is good. *
| XFS has good sequential transfer under Bonnie++. Oddly XFS has better
| sequential reads when using an external journal, which makes little sense. Is *
| noatime broken on XFS? XFS is very slow on all the metadata tests. XFS takes
| the RAID layout into consideration and it performs well on randomio with
| hardware or software RAID. * *


First benchmarks of the ext4 file system

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| The ext4 file system promises improved data integrity
| and performance, together with less limitations, and is
| definitely the step in the right way. Even if there are
| some regressions in our measurements, when compared to
| ext3, they're quite small and no doubt will be fixed
| before the development is finished. On the other hand,
| under some workloads ext4 is already showing much better
| results.

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