[sclug] (Reiser)

Dickon Hood sclug at splurge.fluff.org
Mon Apr 28 21:33:16 UTC 2008

On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 22:17:43 +0100, ed wrote:
: On Mon, 28 Apr 2008 21:59:57 +0100
: Dickon Hood <sclug at splurge.fluff.org> wrote:

: > On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 21:38:34 +0100, ed wrote:

: > [ReiserFS]

: > : It is a good file system,

: > No.  It isn't.  Good filesystems should *never* lose data, and should
: > certainly never utterly screw themselves when running the recovery
: > tool over them when the filesystem happens to contain a file
: > containing a filesystem image.  ReiserFS will do this.  This is a
: > fundamental failure.

: > I have no idea how many filesystems I have in files scattered around
: > my discs, but there are probably a few ReiserFS ones somewhere.  On
: > ReiserFS I'd be worried: the mere presence of those objects could
: > trash the host filesystem they live in.  If XFS or ext[23] had the
: > same problem, I'd not be running them, either.

: At the time I'd never had a need for that on the servers.

You probably have one in your /boot filesystem.  They're far more common
than you think.

Mac OS X even uses disc images as an installation medium; it's a very good
way of doing it in that sort of environment.


: > : There is a good overview of the properties of file systems with nice
: > : graphs here:

: > : http://linuxgazette.net/122/piszcz.html

: > Seems to be timing out for me.

: I dunno what's up with that site at the moment, but here's the UK
: mirror of the same article.

: http://linux.open.ac.uk/122/piszcz.html


Dickon Hood

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