differences in supported filesystems between FreeBSD versions

Glenn Dawson glenn at antimatter.net
Fri Aug 12 06:01:39 GMT 2005

At 10:44 PM 8/11/2005, Dmitry Mityugov wrote:
>I have a small FreeBSD machine at home used as a file server and a
>gateway to the Internet. Currently when a new version of FreeBSD is
>released (and I have enough time), I copy all the data to another
>machine, reinstall FreeBSD from scratch, and copy the data back.

That seems like an awful lot of effort for little to no benfit.

>just realized that I probably can keep the data on a separate drive
>and just reinstall the OS without moving the data back and forth, but
>I am not sure how safe it is. Is it safe to use a HDD partitioned and
>formatted by one version of FreeBSD with a newer version? I know there
>was UFS2 introduced in FreeBSD 5, are there any plans to make any
>changes to supported file systems in the foreseeable future?

Even if there were, if the file systems you are using now are working, 
there isn't much reason to change them.

UFS2 expanded some fields from 32 bits to 64, and added or changed a few 
features, but the two are still very similar.


>Thank you in advance for your answers
>Dmitry Mityugov, St. Petersburg, Russia
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