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Re: EXT3 Worries

If I was a little more anal I wouldn't be using it.  I'm the type willing to
accept a little risk for the added benefit.
Andrew's working hard (he and I have been at it for a few weeks now) as one
of my systems is a high-end box that really bangs the disk.
I've had file system corruption, oopses when doing benchmarks, and poor
multi-threaded performance.  Fortunately it hasn't hosed me completely yet
(knock on silicon).

On the other hand...I've got another box which I've been running with ext3
for a couple months now with no problems (mail/webserver).

So...your mileage may vary.  I can tell you when I get my high-end box
stable and performing up-to-snuff I'll announce it here...
P.S.  My "high-end" system is a dual 1Ghz/2G RAM/200G raid5/ext3 on fibre

Michael D. Black   Principal Engineer
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----- Original Message -----
From: "IT3 Stuart B. Tener, USNR-R" <stuart bh90210 net>
To: <ext3-users redhat com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2001 7:35 PM
Subject: EXT3 Worries

Dear Sir or Ma'am:

I am interested to think about implementing EXT3 onto my servers here.
However, I have some concerns and am hoping someone can address them.

1) If I install ext3 what is the likelihood that the extent of damage caused
by its bugs will be limited to just the fact that the journals may not work
properly? Alternatively, do I risk real damage to files and the filesystem
at this stage in its development?
2) Is there a projected period when you suspect it will be added to the
Linus version of the kernel, and be available in all distributions (not just
3) Is there an ISO, which is inclusive of EXT3 so that I can boot it up in
rescue mode and get to an EXT3 partition for repair purposes if, need be

I am not happy with ReiserFS as partition magic does not recognize its
partition layout. I am waiting to implement EXT3 when it becomes available.

Very Respectfully,

Stuart Blake Tener, IT3, USNR-R, N3GWG
Beverly Hills, California
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