[conspire] ReiserFS

Daniel Gimpelevich daniel at gimpelevich.san-francisco.ca.us
Fri Sep 28 16:16:39 PDT 2007

On Fri, 28 Sep 2007 15:12:11 -0700, bruce coston wrote:

> post-install partition wipe outs changed my mind! ReiserFS needs less
> fiddling - especially fsck-ing due to the packing. I never needed to do
> any fiddling on reiserfs. Ext3 safety stinks when some distro bundles an
> experimental nightly build vs the stable version. Specifically RR4 wiped 9
> distro installs off my box on finding the  reiser4fs of my wonderful
> underground 022 install on sda3 - not the fault of reiserfs. I never
> manually replayed a journal under reiser.  By default ext3 will fsck much
> less on most distributions now. Exactly how much fiddling do you think I
> did on reiser?

Perhaps one can say that insufficient fiddling was generally part of the
problem with ReiserFS. Here is a comparison of what one does when things
go wrong with a journaled filesystem:

	Manually rebuild the journal from scratch after mounting with the journal
	ignored, but only if you're sure there hasn't been any real corruption.
		tune2fs -f -O ^has_journal /dev/sda3
		e2fsck -y /dev/sda3
		e2fsck -y /dev/sda3
		tune2fs -j /dev/sda3
		fsck.ext3 -y /dev/sda3
		fsck.ext3 -y /dev/sda3

	Manually replay the journal, wasting at most half a second of your
	precious time, because there won't be any real corruption. Example:
		fsck.jfs -y /dev/sda3
		echo Done!

	Manually reformat and reinstall from scratch. Example:
		mkfs.jfs /dev/sda3
		echo Sorry, Charlie

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