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    My fresh Ubuntu install will use Ext3 - NOT Ext4

    Ext4 may tout features like delalloc and better journaling, but so far none of these have translated into speed improvements. I really don't care if my Ext3 hard drive is slightly more fragmented if it is still faster than the Ext4 unfragmented hard drive. That's not to say that Ext4's features have a lot of potential, but the current Ext4 implementation leaves a lot to be desired.

    Take a look at Phoronix's latest benchmarks for Ubuntu 10.10 and compare the benchmarks for IO-intensive tasks for 9.10 (using Ext3) to the performance of 10.04 and now 10.10, both of which by default use Ext4. I used Ext4 on 10.04, but with my new fresh install, I'm now switching back to Ext3. I am left wondering why Ext4 has been adopted as the default in the first place; it simply doesn't feel ready for prime-time yet, with such a huge speed regression. On several occasions when transferring DVD rips and performing backups, the speed difference has been noticeable. I'm curious, but how many other users have experienced the same problems and/or are still using Ext3 for 10.10?
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    Re: My fresh Ubuntu install will use Ext3 - NOT Ext4

    I would certainly use ext3 on a server. I might take a look at xfs as well. The only performance downside I noticed in ext4 is with dpkg (installing and removing debian packages) they used to install like 3-4 packages per second with libraries and small doc packages, now its much slower (certainly not SLOW though).

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    Re: My fresh Ubuntu install will use Ext3 - NOT Ext4

    Quote Originally Posted by irrdev View Post
    Ext4 may tout features like delalloc and better journaling, but so far none of these have translated into speed improvements. I really don't care if my hard drive is slightly more fragmented if it is still slower than the unfragmented hard drive. That's not to say that Ext4's features have a lot of potential, but the current Ext4 implementation leaves a lot to be desired.
    I think you made a mistake there. I think you meant to say

    I really don't care if my (ext4) hard drive is slightly less fragmented if it is still slower than the undefragmented (ext3) hard drive.
    I apologize if I've got that wrong.
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    Re: My fresh Ubuntu install will use Ext3 - NOT Ext4

    Quote Originally Posted by t0p View Post
    I think you made a mistake there. I think you meant to say

    I really don't care if my (ext4) hard drive is slightly less fragmented if it is still slower than the undefragmented (ext3) hard drive.



    I apologize if I've got that wrong.
    He's using ext3 so I think he meant:
    I really don't care if my hard drive is slightly more fragmented if it is still faster than the unfragmented hard drive.

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    Re: My fresh Ubuntu install will use Ext3 - NOT Ext4

    Yes, CraigPoleo, you're right, and thanks t0p for spotting the confusing sentence structure. I guess that's what happens after being awake for almost 20 hours.
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    Re: My fresh Ubuntu install will use Ext3 - NOT Ext4

    Ext4 is just an incremental improvement over ext3. BTRFS is the next big FS.

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    Re: My fresh Ubuntu install will use Ext3 - NOT Ext4

    Quote Originally Posted by irrdev View Post
    Take a look at Phoronix's latest benchmarks for Ubuntu 10.10 and compare the benchmarks for IO-intensive tasks for 9.10 (using Ext3) to the performance of 10.04 and now 10.10, both of which by default use Ext4. I used Ext4 on 10.04, but with my new fresh install, I'm now switching back to Ext3. I am left wondering why Ext4 has been adopted as the default in the first place; it simply doesn't feel ready for prime-time yet, with such a huge speed regression. On several occasions when transferring DVD rips and performing backups, the speed difference has been noticeable. I'm curious, but how many other users have experienced the same problems and/or are still using Ext3 for 10.10?
    20 hours awake eh? Explains why you missed this-

    In Ubuntu 9.10 the key information includes the Linux 2.6.31 kernel, GNOME 2.28.1, X.Org Server 1.6.4, NVIDIA 185.18.36, GCC 4.4.1, and an EXT4 file-system. Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS information includes the Linux 2.6.32 kernel, GNOME 2.30.2, X.Org Server 1.7.6, NVIDIA 195.36.24, xf86-video-intel 1.7.6, Mesa 7.7, GCC 4.4.3, and an EXT4 file-system. Lastly, with Ubuntu 10.10 we have the Linux 2.6.35 kernel, GNOME 2.32.0, X.Org Server 1.9.0, NVIDIA 260.19.06, xf86-video-intel 2.12.0, Mesa 7.9, GCC 4.4.5, and an EXT4 file-system.
    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...nchmarks&num=1

    All the tests were done with EXT4, so I wouldnt blame EXT4 (yet anyway) for any performance regression.

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    Re: My fresh Ubuntu install will use Ext3 - NOT Ext4

    You have to look at relevant benchmarks. For example, the Bullet Physics Engine is CPU-intensive and I wouldn't expect to see a major difference based on disk-io performance. However, PostgreSQL and the Apache Benchmark are relevent because to to a Ext3/Ext4 comparison. The PostgreSQL benchmark in particular is eye-opening: Ubuntu 9.10 using Ext3 was ~10 times faster than Ubuntu 10.10 using Ext4. Apache was definitely better, but the speed regression was still noticeable.
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    Re: My fresh Ubuntu install will use Ext3 - NOT Ext4

    You have to look at relevant benchmarks. For example, the Bullet Physics Engine is CPU-intensive and I wouldn't expect to see a major difference based on disk-io performance. However, PostgreSQL and the Apache Benchmark are relevent because to to a Ext3/Ext4 comparison. The PostgreSQL benchmark in particular is eye-opening: Ubuntu 9.10 using Ext3 was ~10 times faster than Ubuntu 10.10 using Ext4. Apache was definitely better, but the speed regression was still noticeable.
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    Re: My fresh Ubuntu install will use Ext3 - NOT Ext4

    BTRFS is present on the normal Maverick installer ATM using manual partitioning

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