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what is the best filesystem? UFS or ZFS

Discussion in 'General' started by douglasfim, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. douglasfim

    douglasfim New Member

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    what is the best filesystem?

    I'm using ufs

    tests http://www.phoronix.com left better by using the zfs

    would somehow change the ufs to zfs without losing everything?
     
  2. ian-nai

    ian-nai New Member

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    Some good points made here: http://forums.freebsd.org/showthread.php?t=20474&highlight=zfs ufs

    I think it's basically:

    UFS:
    -30 years of development/production (that's huge)
    -low resource footprint
    -works very naturally with the various GEOM tools

    ZFS:
    -very dynamic configuration options (aka integrated volume/pool/file system management)
    -supports (virtually) infinite snapshots
    -data integrity

    I'd say (and risk angering the *nix demigods) that ZFS is good for file servers while UFS is good for desktop/workstation use.
     
  3. oliverh

    oliverh New Member

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    The one, which fits your needs best. I'm using UFS and ZFS on some testing machine ...
     
  4. hedwards

    hedwards New Member

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    It really depends what you're doing. There's nothing wrong with mix and match. Using ZFS for your backup and UFS for most other things. The main thing I personally like about ZFS is the way that it can be employed to monitor for bit rot and with ZMIRROR or RAIDZ heal those problems as they come up.

    But for portions of the filesystem which are just from the standard install, you may as well just use UFS if you like and something like tripwire to monitor for corruption/changes as it's typically easy enough to get those files back.