Filesystem of choice for a Linux/FreeBSD shared backup disk?

Gary Newcombe gary at
Wed Sep 24 00:15:03 UTC 2008

On Wed, 24 Sep 2008 00:48:48 +0200 (CEST), Andreas Davour
<ante at Update.UU.SE> wrote:

> On Wed, 24 Sep 2008, Wojciech Puchar wrote:
> >> about trying to make the data as available as possible. Do anyone here have 
> >> any suggestion about what kind of filesystem would be best to use? Can ufs2 
> >> be read by linux? It looks like it from my short persual of google hits, 
> >> but it also looks kind of complicated. IS ext2 a safer bet? Anything 
> >> totally different?

Have you considered ZFS as an option? It's a good option for a backup
disk where speed isn't too much of an issue.

> >
> > use ext2. FreeBSD handles ext2 fine, while linux doesn't handle UFS2 easily. 
> > just remember ext2 performance is lower, but for backups, copying etc. it 
> > shouldn't matter
> I'll remember the performance hit.
> While Linux don't handle UFS2 easily, how much of a trouble is it? I 
> found a text about recompiling your kernel. Do you know if that's still 
> needed? My source was kind of old.

Just load it as a kernel module

kldload ext2fs

> /andreas
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