[svlug] question re partitioning system

Darlene Wallach wallachd at earthlink.net
Mon Jan 28 14:17:01 PST 2002


Thank you for your input.

wallachd at earthlink.net

Walter Reed wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 28, 2002 at 11:17:46AM -0800, Joe Brenner wrote:
>>>Are you suggesting that I choose ext2 over ext3?
>>If you're asking for opinions, I would suggest sticking to
>>ext2 for now.  ext3 will probably work fine, but ext2 
>>definitely will.  The primary difference is that if you do 
>>an abrupt shutdown (e.g. power failure) ext2 will insist on 
>>spending some time on checking the disk when you restart the
>>system.  Ext3 doesn't need to. 
>>But there are some occasional (but thankfully rare) reports
>>of disk corruption with the new ext3 system.  
> Hmm. My take on this is different. I'd rather take the extremely rare chance of
> corruption with ext3 than the much higher risk of data loss (and the slow
> reboots) due to abrupt shutdowns on ext2.
> Of course both ext2 and ext3 can have corrupt files due to abrupt shutdowns,
> but the file system state is much more likely to be clean on ext3.
> There are other FS options of course, but for compatability sake, ext3 is
> probably the best choice for most general purpose uses in my opinion.
> (Datapoint: I've been using ext3 on 5 systems for about 6 months with no
> problems. I did some testing early with pulling power plugs and everything
> always came up clean...)
> On the RH 7.2 vs blah subject, 7.2 has been fairly good, but it is bloated, and
> you will probably want to compile some of the software yourself instead of
> using the RH versions. I did have some trouble bootstrapping on a VA box
> with a USB keyboard, but a PS/2 keyboard worked fine.
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