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SubjectRe: How errorproof is ext2 fs?
Otto Wyss <otto.wyss@bluewin.ch>:
> While reading the thread about "HFS Plus on Linux?" at
> "debian-powerpc@list.debian.org" I had the following experience:
>
> Within an hour I had to hard reset both of my computers, first my Linux-i386 due
> to a complete lockup of the system while using el3diag, second my MacOS-powermac
> due to an not responding USB-keyboard/-mouse (what a nice coincident). Now while
> the Mac restarted without any fuse I had to fix the ext2-fs manually for about
> 15 min. Luckily it seems I haven't lost anything on both system.
>
> This leaves me a bad taste of Linux in my mouth. Does ext2 fs really behave so
> worse in case of a crash? Okay Linux does not crash that often as MacOS does, so
> it does not need a good error proof fs. Still can't ext2 be made a little more
> error proof?
>
> Okay, there are other fs for Linux which cope better with such a situation, but
> are they really more errorproof or are they just better in fixing up the mess
> afterwards? Could there be more attention in not creating errors instead of
> fixing them afterwards?

I've used linux for about 8 years now. The only time I've had a catastrophic
failure was with a disk drive went south.

About the only times I've seen ext2fs require manual repair is a crash/power
failure during fsck on boot. It doesn't happen very often. Even then, it
may not be a serious falure, just the type of error that requires a choice
in fix - missing inode/partially written inode in the root file system will
usually require the choice of deleting, or putting in lost+found.

No file system is immune to that level of failure. Some are better at
hiding the damage (xfs will lose free data blocks like mad - 3 in a row lost
6GB out of 12, though no used data was (visibly) lost.

15 minutes isn't that bad - wait until you have to spend 30 minutes to
3 hours on an NTFS or FAT32 rebuild, only to find you have to reinstall.

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Jesse I Pollard, II
Email: pollard@navo.hpc.mil

Any opinions expressed are solely my own.
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