[Samba] Filesystem for Samba server
Omar Castaneda Acosta
omar at idea.com.mx
Thu Oct 10 00:53:01 GMT 2002
Actually I tested my RAID card with 2x6, 3x4 and 1x12 configurations,
the 1x12 was the fastest one (of course this is not an SCSI RAID card).
Regarding ext3, it's a journaling file system with not support at all
for B(*/+)trees indexes and metadata storage. It's based on ext2 and
it's a good way to add _journaling_ to an existing system, but not
giving any more extra features.
I checked several sources and XFS seems to be the best contestant.
Thanks for the input.
From: Yura Pismerov [mailto:ypismerov at tucows.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 09, 2002 6:34 PM
To: Bradley W. Langhorst
Cc: Donal Byrne; 'samba at lists.samba.org'
Subject: Re: [Samba] Filesystem for Samba server
I said ext3 because it is part of any kernel source code (hence no
patches needed when you upgrade). Though you will need patches for ACL
and extended attributes support. Also I think it is still fastest on
majority benchmark tests. ReiserFS that is part of 2.4.x kernels can
compete too. XFS, last time I checked it was noticeable slow on
writings. Things might change since then though. When I worked with SGI
Irix I loved XFS. IMHO it is one of the best journalling filesystems.
AFAIK it was invented and written from scratch in SGI. I hope the Linux
port will be soon as good as its original.
And yes, LVM is way to go. If you plan to grow your filesystem
eventually it will be a matter of adding hardrives, creating a volume
and adding it to a group. Then you can use standard utilities (depending
on FS you choose) to grow the partition.
"Bradley W. Langhorst" wrote:
> On Wed, 2002-10-09 at 06:53, Donal Byrne wrote:
> > Thanks Yura, bust any reason why ext3 would be better?
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Yura Pismerov [mailto:ypismerov at tucows.com]
> > Sent: 08 October 2002 22:53
> > To: Donal Byrne
> > Cc: 'samba at lists.samba.org'
> > Subject: Re: [Samba] Filesystem for Samba server
> > ext3 is probably the best choice.
> > Donal Byrne wrote:
> > >
> > > > Hi,
> > > > Sorry if this is a stupid question (bit of a newbie). I'm building a
> > Samba
> > > > fileserver on a box with a hardware raid array of about 65GB which I'm
> > > > hoping to share out to the local LAN . I was wondering if the filesystem
> > > > used (ext2,ext3, reiserfs etc) on the partition where the Samba shares
> > > > will reside makes much of a difference? I'd obviously like to use a
> > > > journalling filesystem but can't seem to find any info to guide my
> > choice.
> I think you should use XFS -
> 1) it is well supported by sgi
> 2) it is mature
> 3) it is fast
> 4) it is in use on such large filesystems already
> 5) acls are native
> I saw somewhere in this thread that someone was considering a 12 disk
> raid 5. I'd suggest splitting this into a couple of raid5s and use LVM
> if you need the space to be contiguous. I've found that performance is
> optimal with about 5 disks
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