Is Reiserfs better than ext3

David R Bosso dbosso+lists.cyrus at
Fri Jan 9 11:15:16 EST 2004


We've been running our ~1200 user server on reiserfs/RedHat for 2 years or 
so now with no filesystem problems.  In fact everyone I know that uses 
linux for any purpose uses reiser as their standard fs.  It's been fast and 
reliable for us.

We'll be migrating to a new box running 2.2.2 on Gentoo with reiser in 
couple of months.


--On Friday, January 9, 2004 3:46 PM +0000 mb <mb/cyrus at> 

> At 17:54 +0530 Ramprasad A Padmanabhan wrote:
>> I am having around 2000 users on my cyrus server ( redhat 9.0 )
>> someone told be I should reformat my partition in Reiserfs rather that
>> ext3 and I will get a great perlformance improvement
> ...until you get a hardware failure and your entire mail store is toast.
> reiserfs is brilliant for some applications (Squid boxes, desktops..), but
> ext3 is reliable (the best fsck in town alone makes it worth it), and for
> your mail server that is surely the most important thing. If you want to
> speed up ext3 look at Linux 2.6.
> I switched my IMAP store from Debian to Fedora Core on December 26th--it's
> now ready for Linux 2.6 as soon as someone (other than myself) says it's
> too slow..
> HTH,
> Matt
> PS I know some people say XFS, JFS etc are brilliant but my local
> experience is that although they may be faster in Linux 2.4, they are more
> prone to corruption.. (haven't tried either in the last 6 months tho')

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