[OpenAFS] Best Filesystem

Dirk Heinrichs dirk.heinrichs@online.de
Sun, 12 Apr 2009 19:57:17 +0200

Am Sonntag, 12. April 2009 18:15:59 schrieb Jason C. Wells:
> Dirk Heinrichs wrote:
> > So your server OS is Solaris
> No.  My server OS is debian. My client OS are FreeBSD, debian, XP.  Your
> assumption that file system suitability is determined purely by OS is
> limited.

YMMV, but I would only use a filesystem that was originally developed for my OS 
or at least well tested on this OS, especially when it should store my 
valuable data.

> ZFS appears to ready for prime time on BSD and Linux or it
> will be soon enough for me to start thinking about adopting it.

Yes, there's something called ZFS for Linux. But that's a FUSE (Filesystem in 
USErspace) thing. That module is also in very early stages of development and 
its status page shows a lot of things which don't work, and some that will 
never work, due to FUSE limitations.

I'd say your chances will be better if you wait for another year and try 
btrfs, then (you can also try it now, with linux 2.6.29, but I would suggest 
to try it on test systems only).

So, on Linux as a server, use one of the "big 4" (ext[23], xfs, reiser or jfs) 
for vice partitions. For Linux clients, use ext2.

For FreeBSD and XP, I don't know what's the best FS for the client cache.