"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the slightly outdated official releases..."