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Shared pain

Shared pain

Posted Feb 8, 2012 20:51 UTC (Wed) by raven667 (subscriber, #5198)
In reply to: Shared pain by Wol
Parent article: XFS: the filesystem of the future?

The hyperbole is getting a little out of control. Journaled filesystems have traditionally only journaled the metadata so any file data in-flight at the time of a crash would be lost and corruption would be the result. Pre-journaling any filesystem with a write cache would be susceptible to losing in-flight data and corrupting metadata leading to long fsck times after crash to repair the damage. All filesystems lose data in those circumstances, that doesn't mean that all filesystems are unfit for any purpose or that computers are fundamentally unfit for any purpose. The current state of the art is to be safer with regular data writes, even to the point of checksumming everything, that's nice but the world didn't end when this wasn't the case.

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