Subject: Re: file system format for large, shared, removable USB disk
To: Michael Parson <>
From: Charles M. Hannum <mycroft@MIT.EDU>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 09/02/2006 15:41:53
On Sat, Sep 02, 2006 at 02:34:56PM -0500, Michael Parson wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 02, 2006 at 03:26:41PM -0400, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
> > I need to buy a large external hard drive that needs to work with both
> > NetBSD 3.0.1 and Linux, read-write.  What are good choices for the file
> > system?  Is our ext2 read-write support good enough?  What is the largest
> > file system I can create that way?
> I've not tried ext2 under NetBSD, from what I've heard, it seems to do OK.

Unless clustering support has been added recently and I missed it, it
does *not* "do OK".  The performance is worse than you can imagine.
(Ditto for msdosfs.)