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developerWorks: Advanced Filesystem Implementor's Guide - Deploying XFS

Apr 05, 2002, 22:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Robbins)

[ Thanks to Kellie for this link. ]

"With the 2.4 release of Linux come many new filesystem possibilities, including Reiserfs, XFS, GFS, and others. These filesystems sound cool, but what exactly can they do, what are they good at, and exactly how do you go about safely using them in a production Linux environment? Daniel Robbins answers these questions by showing you how to set up these new advanced filesystems under Linux 2.4. In this installment, Daniel shows you how to get XFS up and running on your system and explores some of XFS's more advanced features.

"In this article, I'll show you how to get XFS up and running on your system. First, make sure that you're aware of and have explored the SGI XFS Project page (see Resources later in this article). If you follow the download link, you'll find patches, tools, and even Red Hat XFS-enabled kernels.

"But wait. While it is possible to install XFS using these pre-rolled, official releases, I don't recommend this approach. At the time this article was written, the most recent official release of XFS was 1.0.2, which was released way back in November 2001. A lot of improvements have been made to XFS since then, and in order to benefit from those improvements, it's best to use the up-to-date sources from the XFS CVS tree. Based on feedback from Gentoo Linux developers and users, those who have used XFS from CVS have had a much more positive XFS experience than those who have tried using the slightly outdated official releases..."

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