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    XFS on Debian
    Contributed by Anonymous on Friday, March 08 @ 17:50:14 GMT

    File Systems
    Following the work of Zoltan Kraus other people are trying to encourage the use of the XFS filesystem on Debian. Angelo Ovidi created a new project on Sourceforge called XFDeb and made a rescue disk based on kernel 2.4.14 and XFS 1.0.2

    Now he is trying to unify his work with that of Ionut Georgescu wh ocreated a complete Debian GNU/Linux Installer with SGI XFS support.

    The main goal for Angelo is finalized to boot disks, supporting a dialog system to choose which filesystem to use in a nice way.

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    Re: XFS on Debian (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Friday, March 08 @ 18:19:54 GMT

    I've been using XFS on my main machine for about 8 months with great results, and I've been following XFS on Linux for a lot longer than that. The problem is that it is becoming more and more apparent to me that XFS is never going to "cut the fat" and make it into the kernel.

    I've tried out ext3 on two of my other machines, and , even though the performance seems a little lower than that of XFS, I've been considering moving my XFS partitions over to ext3.

    Having boot disks is very nice, and takes the headache out of putting together a new system with XFS, but this still doesn't help kernel upgrading, and a lot of people really don't like having to patch their kernel source.

    I really hope XFS makes it, but I'm very pessimistic about that...

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    No 160G drive support? (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Friday, March 08 @ 20:03:25 GMT

    A bummer since XFS' greatest quality is when dealing with large files and many large files lead to large HDDs...

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    Re: XFS on Debian (Score: 1)
    by alghul on Saturday, March 09 @ 06:13:14 GMT
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    a few months ago I switched my /usr /usr/local partitions to XFS and have been nothing but happy with it.

    As far as limited kernel support goes, it helps a lot that I no longer feel the need to upgrade to every new kernel. if the new one doesn't have a feature that I absolutely need, why would I move up only one minor kernel and leave my perfectly stable one behind?

    It would be nice to have an option to install Debian right from the beginning with XFS as the fs, so you wouldn't have to work so hard to convert some filesystems to XFS.

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    Re: XFS on Debian (Score: 1, Informative)
    by Anonymous on Saturday, March 09 @ 14:15:26 GMT

    Mainline debian boot-floppies have supported installing on XFS for many monthes. Just give them a XFS capable kernel and add /sbin/mkfs.xfs to the root.bin image and dbootstrap will automagically offer a choice between ext2 and XFS (along with ext3 and reiserfs if the kernel supports one/both and the equivilent mkfs is available). Absolutly no source code changes are required at all.

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    Re: XFS on Debian (Score: 1)
    by eckes on Sunday, March 10 @ 16:13:39 GMT
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    I'm using XFS on LVM on my Home System to get some experiences with it. So far I'm very pleased with the performance and stability. I was upgrading an existing system, so I had no need for Boot Floppies (actually my small / partition is still ext2 without LVM).

    One of the major problems with XFS is the development process. The CVS is hard to track. SGI engeneers seems to work with an internal Source Managemnt system, therefore the labels and comments in the CVS are not that rich.

    I think the main reason for Linux to ignore the XFS work is, that it used to be much interrelated with the Kernel Debug Stuff. As I understand it, this is no longer true, and I realy hope, XFS will show up in 2.5. In my experience and what I hear from co-workers who use it in very large environments, it is much more stable compared to ReiserFS.

    BTW: lvm from 2.4.17 is useable, as long as you do not overflow your snapshots. Personally I love the freeze feature of XFS, but beware, it is not a good idea to freeze /var 🙂

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    Re: XFS on Debian (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Sunday, March 10 @ 19:11:34 GMT

    • Remember that you need egcs-1.1.2 to compile XFS kernels, and I don't think Debian have packaged this compiler. (DMAPI seems to get horribly confused if you use new compilers.)
    • Remember also that 2.5 kernels have dropped support for egcs-1.1.2 so the merge is going to be messy

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    Re: XFS on Debian (Score: 1)
    by ionutg on Wednesday, March 13 @ 00:20:24 GMT
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    just a remark on my work (

    It's not only an XFS capable installer, it also has ReiserFS, RAID and LVM stuff in it. The next step is to create a root disk with all sort of *.fsck and *repair stuff. It is sometimes needed.

    And yes, dbootstrap already has all the XFS and ReiserFS support one needs.


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