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Linux.com: XFS - What it means for Linux

Aug 17, 1999, 08:52 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Nipp)

"What is the big deal about a journalling filesystem, and how will it help me?"

"XFS is a "journalling" filesystem which SGI originally developed for their IRIX platform."

"A journalling filesystem is one which logs the activity of the filesystem, thus making crash recovery much quicker."

"This log means that in the event of a power failure, the filesystem has a record as to what it was doing when the failure occurred. This eliminates the need to check the entire filesystem in the event of a failure. Instead of checking the entire filesystem, the system simply checks the log"

"XFS is a 64-bit filesystem, which means that it can support ridiculously large files"

"A journalling filesystem for Linux will be one less weakness."

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