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NewsForge: Optimizing Linux Filesystems

Oct 14, 2003, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Roderick W. Smith)

"Last time we introduced a few common Linux filesystems and examined their features. If you've already installed Linux, your partitions are already set up and configured with particular filesystems, but you may decide you want to modify this configuration. What's the best way to begin?

"Some changes are tedious to implement. For instance, changing from one filesystem to another requires you to back up, create a new filesystem, and restore your files. One exception to this rule is changing from ext2fs to ext3fs. If you switch filesystems, you may be able to use filesystem-creation options to improve the performance of the new filesystem. Other changes can also be done relatively painlessly. These include defragmenting a disk (that is, repositioning file contents so that they're not spread out over the entire partition) and resizing partitions to give you space where you need it..."

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