File System Performance on FreeBSD

Antonio Vieiro antonio at
Sun Aug 8 17:57:44 UTC 2010


I heard that Linux filesystems were not reliable because of some bad way 
of doing caching or something like that.

For a study on Linux FS reliability see [1] by Toshiba guys. It seems 
Linux was upset on this about one year ago [2]. Quoting:

"Torvalds, for one, didn't seem too excited about the delayed 
synchronization. He writes on the mailing list, "Doesn't at least ext4 
default to the insane model of 'data is less important than metadata, 
and it doesn't get journalled'? And ext3 with 'data=writeback' does the 
same, no? Both of which are -- as far as I can tell -- total brain damage."

I don't mind if a filesystem is very fast: I want it to be reliable 
first. I wonder if that Phoronix test suite checks for reliability first 
or not.



On 08/08/2010 19:22, Bruce Cran wrote:
> On Sun, 08 Aug 2010 13:13:46 -0400
> Bill Moran<wmoran at>  wrote:
>> To someone technical who might be looking to investigate the results
>> with an eye toward fixing them, it's useless.
> Anyone can download the Phoronix Test Suite though, so it should be
> fairly easy to check if the results are valid at least.

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