[nycbug-talk] XFS support in FreeBSD

Pete Wright pete
Tue Feb 3 09:27:04 EST 2004

yea, there are two main reasons why we implemented XFS at our shop.  
First is due to performance on large files (it is not uncommon to have 
individual files grow up to 150 gigs) as well as performance on smaller 
files (for example a rendered scene with 1500 11 meg .tiff files).  
Secondly, I like the idea of being able to use the same file system 
across two platforms (IRIX, GNU/Linux) and having the same utilities 
avail for both of those file systems (xfs_dump for example).  This leads 
to all sorts of time savers for administrative tasks.  So for my 
purposes, it's not even the journaled v. softupdates issue, it's mostly 
for the reasons outlined above.  I suppose I should be happy that I have 
the freedom to implement two world class O.S.'s that play nicely with 


Paul Dlug wrote:

> There's JFS for FreeBSD, the development site was at:
> http://jfs4bsd.sourceforge.net/
> But according to the page it's been moved into the FreeBSD project 
> itself, though I can't find a reference to that. It's somewhat similar 
> to XFS. I'm not sure what benefits XFS/JFS would have to 
> UFS2+softupdates other than providing another choice. I'm sure 
> softupdates aren't ideal in all cases so XFS may fill some niche areas 
> or at least pacify the linux advocates who state "but *BSD doesn't 
> even have a journalling filesystem." The journaled filesystem vs. 
> softupdates debate is taking place at the DragonFly BSD project right 
> now, though it looks like they're leaning toward journalling for 
> simplified development and debugging.
> --Paul
> On Feb 2, 2004, at 3:08 PM, Pete Wright wrote:
>> Hey all,
>>    OK, so i'm not on the FreeBSD mailing list, so i'm probably 
>> horribly out of the loop.  I just checked out /. and noticed this 
>> little blurb:
>> /
>> "FreeBSD Release Engineering Team's 
>> <http://www.freebsd.org/releng/index.html#team> Scott Long has posted 
>> the 2003 FreeBSD year-end edition status report 
>> <http://www.bsdforums.org/forums/showthread.php?threadid=18470>. He 
>> says many new projects are starting up and gaining momentum, 
>> including SGI XFS port..."/
>> this is the first time i've heard of a port of SGI's XFS to FreeBSD.  
>> does anyone know of the status of this.  Because I work with SGI's 
>> all day, and use GNU/Linux because of it's XFS support, this is of 
>> huge interest to me.  Should I hold my breath?  According to the 
>> post, development seems to be moving very slowly.  Am I the only one 
>> interested in this, or to put it another way, is there even a need 
>> for such a port?
>> -pete
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