opinion on XFS

Roger L. Smith roger at ERC.MsState.Edu
Tue May 7 13:46:34 PDT 2002

On Tue, 7 May 2002, Yudong Tian wrote:

>  Hello,
>     Has anyone tested the water of using SGI's XFS on a Linux cluster Can
> you kindly share any experience and insights?

We run XFS on the head node of our cluster on both the system partition as
well as on a striped data partition.  I switched to XFS on it when my
users were able to scramble the ext2 filesystem on the data
partition almost daily.  At the time, the only answer was Reiserfs or XFS,
and since I couldn't (easily) make Reiser the root filesystem, and since I
had a lot of experience with XFS under IRIX, I decided to go with XFS.

I've never had a problem with XFS in the nearly 18 months that I've used
it.  However, I've also done testing with ext3 and am fairly satisfied
with it, and the users no longer use the data partition on the headnode,
so I can't justify the hassle of running XFS anymore.

I'll probably switch the head node to ext3 in the near future.  However,
if XFS were more formally supported by the kernel/RedHat, I'd seriously
consider switching all of my Linux systems to it.

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