filesystem advice

Roland Smith rsmith at
Tue May 21 21:37:27 UTC 2013

On Tue, May 21, 2013 at 06:43:25PM +0200, Pol Hallen wrote:
> Hi all and sorry for this (newbie) question.
> I study FreeBSD (I come from linux) and I'm not sure which filesystem use.
> My situation: install a fileserver (samba) for 3 clients and put it as
> gateway/server on internet (ssh, and samba to internal lan).
> I installed FreeBSD with raid 1 following this howto:
> everything ok!
> I see that use ufs filesystem, now:
> I'd like have less maintenance possible direclty to machine because this
> server is far to me 50Km.
> So I can use ssh for default (and extra) maintenance.
> Which filesystem is "better"? After total crash of system (i.e.) or
> black-out, ufs can repair it by itself? Or better use ufs+journal? or zfs?

By default, FreeBSD 9.x uses journaled soft-updates now. This will cut down
the filesystem check time significantly. A filesystem check will require
manual intervention when some kinds of errors are found. 

ZFS likes to have a lot of memory, and preferably a 64-bit machine. See the
tuning guide:

> Motherboard is atom dual core with 2Gb of ram and 2 disks with 2Gb each.

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