Samsung RFS Filesystem

Charles Manning manningc2 at
Wed Jun 1 00:41:50 EDT 2005

On Tuesday 31 May 2005 23:42, Ludovic Guilhamat wrote:
> Hi,
> I would maybe interested in testing the Samsung RFS File System...
> Does someone, here, already used it, and what are the conclusions ?

Please do do some testing. It would be good to see the results, positive or 

I have not used it, but from a description I can draw some immediate 

RFS = Robust FAT file system

>From the blurb at

this looks a bit like FATFS running on top of DOC. It might have some 
transactioning which would make it look a bit more like Microsoft's TFAT.

Neither of these are a proven reliable system. DOC can still get FAT 
corruptions if you don't umount before power loss (== potentially a 
completely scrambled fs). TFAT is completely unprovedn and is slower and not 
always robust (not robust with typical mount options). Perhaps RFS gets the 
robustness right.

Running FAT on NAND costs some performance due to the FTL etc.  To make a 
journaling system on FAT, as RFS claims, costs even more performance.

IMHO: If you want robustnes on NAND use a log structured fs designed for 
flash: YAFFS or JFFS2.

For completeness, I will state that I wrote YAFFS, but I don't think this 
biases my answer.

-- CHarles

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