[Samba] what's the best filesystem

Duncan Robertson Duncan.Robertson at vsl.com.au
Thu Oct 6 01:10:56 GMT 2005


Thanks for the pointer, this feature must have sneaked in under the
radar while I wasn't looking - even now googling, reading the man pages
etc gives scant information on it - is there any definitive info source
for using this?
  some comments here:

seem to indicate variable results with this feature enabled, does anyone
have much experience with it in production Samba environments?

also how well can it be enabled on pre-existing ext3 partitions?



On Thu, 2005-10-06 at 00:53 +1000, Josh Kelley wrote:
> Duncan Robertson wrote:
> >Also some usage patterns may affect things.. jfs seems to work much 
> >better than ext3 for reading directories with LOTS of files in it, a 
> >situation which not uncommon on large samba shares. 
> >   
> > 
> Ext3 now supports a dir_index option now to help with directories
> with 
> lots of files; I don't know how it compares to JFS, but performance
> was 
> at least acceptable when we tried it out.
> >jfs file systems can be grown in place (without unmounting) - but
> cannot 
> >be shrunk. 
> >jfs you can choose the filename encoding on mount, which can effect
> the 
> >readability of filenames. 
> > 
> >ext3 can be grown and shrunk, but you have to unmount them. 
> >   
> > 
> Ext3 now supports online growing as well.
> Josh Kelley

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