[CentOS] xfs on 5.2 (live cd + dvd)

Bill Campbell centos at celestial.com
Tue Jul 29 21:07:30 UTC 2008

On Tue, Jul 29, 2008, Johnny Hughes wrote:
> Bill Campbell wrote:
>> On Tue, Jul 29, 2008, Florin Andrei wrote:
>>> Michael Kress wrote:
>>>> I'm planning a server migration and being able to mount xfs file  
>>>> systems with the live cd would be a cruical feature.
>>>> So before I download and try ... can anyone tell me whether the xfs 
>>>> is  included in the 5.2 live cd?
>>> Well, try "yum install" with the "xfs" string and various wildcards 
>>> and  you'll figure it out quickly.
>>>> Under centos-4.5 I chose xfs for performance reasons. With 5.2, is 
>>>> it  still the fs of choice when it comes to performance or do you 
>>>> have  better recommendations? (It will be a combined web and mail 
>>>> server with moderate traffic, i.e. not toooo much but not tooo 
>>>> little).
>>> Performance is not "one", it's "many". There are so many different   
>>> scenarios and in most cases it's impossible to tell whether any given 
>>> FS  will perform better than another.
>>> XFS will likely perform better than other FS when you're dealing with 
>>>  large files, such as HD authoring and stuff like that. Even then, if 
>>> you  want to be sure, it's probably best to do some benchmarks.
>> While I have used xfs for years on SuSE systems, and have it on
>> several CentOS 5.1 systems, I will probably not use it on new
>> installations as ``yum update'' on the CentOS 5.1 systems now
>> fails saying it cannot update kmod-xfs.
>> I prefer to keep things close to the LCD to avoid issues with
>> extensions that may not be updated in a timely manner.
> You should be able to update the xfs modules ... they are in the repo  
> (at least for 5.2 ... 5.1 is not going to get any updates any more and  
> is moving to vault soon);

Let's see now, CentOS is supposed to be an Enterprise distribution (or at
least a clone of one), but updates for something that's been out for about
6 months (5.1) won't be available?  Is this because the ``upstream'' isn't
providing updates?

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