[CentOS] Is ext4 safe for a production server?

Ian Forde ianforde at gmail.com
Mon Dec 7 18:44:50 UTC 2009

On Dec 7, 2009, at 10:30 AM, Florin Andrei <florin at andrei.myip.org>  

> John R Pierce wrote:
>> I've always avoided XFS because A) it wsan't supported natively in  
>> anyways, and B) I've heard far too many stories about catastrophic  
>> loss
>> problems and day long FSCK sessions after power failures [1] or what
>> have you
> I've both heard about and experienced first-hand data loss (pretty
> severe actually, some incidents pretty recent) with XFS after power
> failure. It used to be great for performance (not so great now that  
> Ext4
> is on the rise), but reliability was never its strong point. The  
> bias on
> this list is surprising and unjustified.

Given that I stated my experience with XFS, and my rationale for using  
it in *my* production environment, I take exception to your calling  
said experience unjustified.

> FWIW, I was at SGI when XFS for Linux was released, and I probably was
> among its first users. It was great back then, but now it's over- 
> rated.
> -- 
> Florin Andrei
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