deciding UFS vs ZFS

Daniel Staal DStaal at
Thu Jul 24 02:09:10 UTC 2014

--As of July 23, 2014 4:47:52 PM -0800, Peter A. Giessel is alleged to have 

>> On Jul 23, 2014, at 16:40, Daniel Staal <DStaal at> wrote:
>> If you have multiple disks, ZFS with raid/mirroring is nearly *always* a
>> better choice than UFS, in my opinion.  Exceptions would be things like
>> dedicated database servers and such, where you have applications
>> basically constructing their own file systems on top of the OS's file
>> system.
> "Always"...  Correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is if you are
> still using i386 (cheap/old hardware) without lots of RAM (1-2 GB) and
> large disks (3/4/5TB), zfs is not going to be a good choice.

--As for the rest, it is mine.

Nah, you're not wrong.  There are reasons not to use it; but in most cases 
I still think it's a good idea.

Daniel T. Staal

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