recommended Filesystem for DoC?

Marc Singer elf at
Sun Sep 15 10:13:01 EDT 2002

On Sun, Sep 15, 2002 at 12:41:55PM +0200, Erich Schubert wrote:
> > Ext2 can get you in trouble.  You might be able to minimize your
> > exposure by guaranteeing that the fs is sync'd after performing a
> > write.
> Why is ext3 better here?
> I was planning to have my ext2 read-only unless i need to change
> something; then remount,rw; change the settings; remount,ro...

Certainly, that would work.  There is the small chance that something
will fail while the filesystem is r/w.  On my (embedded) application,
even that is too much of a risk.  

> > > I was thinking about mounting a cramfs ro as root, a tmpfs in some other
> > > dir for automatic files (such as xserver output) and the actual
> > > filesytem on the device in /writefs.
> > > On that i should then store the kernel and the cramfs-initrd?
> > 
> > I don't think you can put the kernel in the initrd.  After all, the
> > kernel *reads* the initrd.  Instead, the kernel goes into the root
> > filesystem (lilo/grub style) or in an MSDOS partition (syslinux
> > style).
> you misunderstood what i said. I said i put a ext2 there containing the
> kernel, the cramfs and the file i need to be able to change easily.

Indeed, I did misunderstand.

> > I stopped using lilo because it is a little too complex and because it
> > doesn't handle serial consoles as well as syslinux.  I'd have used
> > grub, but it crashes on my hardware.  IMHO, grub is the most
> > attractive because it has the best feature set.
> i don't need serial consoles; the machine is a X11 terminal - that makes
> no sense without a real screen and keyboard ;)

Of course.  LILO works for many folks, too.

> Gruss,
> Erich Schubert
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