[Samba] File systems

dj at 4ict.com dj at 4ict.com
Wed Apr 24 00:56:02 GMT 2002

On Wed, 24 Apr 2002, Kristyan Osborne wrote:

> I know this is a little of topic, but I want people ideas and opinions.
> I currently have a samba server with approx 1300 users. During the summer I am going to upgrade this server as its been up for about 5 years. At the moment it has an ext2 file system for the drives containing peoples work, etc. I was wondering if people can suggest a better file system to use than ext2 as I believe this is getting dated (but stable).

It is probably wiser to switch over to a journalled filesystem. These are
now a standard part in most distros and of production quality. Which one
to choose is another matter.

If you need, would like ACL to have a more fine grained control then the
only options are XFS and ext3 with the ACL patch.
If you don't need ACL's then you can choose between them all (ext3,
reiserfs, xfs and jfs).

The best way to choose is to setup a test system and run tests, with a
tool like netbench or switching over a couple of users/shares, to test
each filessystem and choose the one that works best
for you.


Tim Verhoeven
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