Re: journaling and devel [was Re: Development Setups]

From: Andreas Dilger (
Date: Mon Oct 15 2001 - 04:09:09 EST

Pavel writes:
> I disagree.. With journal filesystem, when something is silently corrupting
> your disk, you'll never know. With ext2, you sometimes sync & reset to make
> sure your disks are still healthy. I would not recomment journaling on
> experimental boxes.

I would say just the opposite with ext3 - I prefer to use it on my development

1) No fsck time (normally) after crashing, which can happen a lot.
2) You can set ext3 to fsck automatically after a fixed number of reboots/time
   if you are worried about a bad disk/cable/kernel.

Most of the mke2fs which support ext3 (1.20+ or so) will set the check
interval to 20 + rand(20) reboots per check by default, or 6 months. Since
this is a random value, you don't get all of your filesystems checked at the
same time, but it happens at least once in a while to ensure that each fs is

Of course, you can turn it off if you want, but the option is there to do
periodic checks. The time interval is probably still a good idea, even if
you turn of the per-N-mount checking, because of bit rot, etc.

Cheers, Andreas

Andreas Dilger  \ "If a man ate a pound of pasta and a pound of antipasto,
                 \  would they cancel out, leaving him still hungry?"               -- Dogbert

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