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Thread: Ext3 vs ReiserFS ---- Speed

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    Recondite Phreak

    Ext3 vs ReiserFS ---- Speed

    I'm hoping I don't start any flame wars with this question, so everyone, please try to stay objective

    Alright, back when I ran Mandrake 8.x, I used ReiserFS because I'd noticed a HUGE performance difference between using ReiserFS and Ext3(ReiserFS ran circles around Ext3). However, under 9.0 I noticed the opposite. Ext3 ran quite a bit faster than ReiserFS.

    When I installed Slackware 8.1, I used Ext3. I've recently installed Slackware 9.0 and installed ReiserFS. I've noticed that KDE on Slack 9.0 seems to run slower than it did on my 8.1.

    The way I understand it, ReiserFS is faster with a bunch of small files, but similar in speed with larger files. I suspect the change in speeds has more to do with KDE than anything else, but I don't know that for sure.

    I guess my question is, has anyone else experimented with both of them on Slack 9.0? If so, which did you find faster, and why do you think that is?

    Are there ways for me to get Ext3 and/or ReiserFS to move faster for KDE 3.x?

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    Re:Ext3 vs ReiserFS ---- Speed

    I havn't used Ext3, nor do I use KDE. I'm no help here.
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    Re:Ext3 vs ReiserFS ---- Speed

    heh, i happen to run KDE on an ext3. 8) like you said, reiserFS does go super fast with small files, but the ext3 is just as fast with the large ones, which is probably where you will notice the speed difference in kde. as far as speed, it has always been fast for me, and i have never been dissatisfied by it. i am using this both on Redhat and Gentoo

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