when startup delays become bugs

Ric Wheeler rwheeler at redhat.com
Fri May 17 20:53:56 UTC 2013

On 05/15/2013 05:09 PM, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
> On 05/15/2013 04:39 PM, Przemek Klosowski wrote:
>> I was planning to upgrade to F19 soon, and I kind-of care about the data on 
>> that system (I have backup, but corruption would not be welcome, just for the 
>> lost time reason). Do people recommend sticking with it? holding off the 
>> upgrade? switching back to ext4?
> https://btrfs.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/FAQ#Is_btrfs_stable.3F is a reasonably 
> good answer to that question.  I would note that traditional linux filesystems 
> have a very  long history and time to mature including XFS and Ext4 and only 
> check for metadata integrity unlike Btrfs.  If you have a good (and frequent) 
> backup system, it might be worth riding it out but you will have to evaluate 
> the risks and make that determination of your own.
> FWIW, I am using Btrfs without any (known) issues for a while but I also have 
> almost no data in my laptop that I cannot afford to lose since everything 
> important is an external backup disk and really important files are in another 
> laptop as well.
> Rahul

The right answer is of course to always back up every file system since disk 
dies, bugs eat data, etc :)

If you have backups and want to help btrfs settle in, it is really valuable to 
have people on it.

btrfs is getting more stable, but for critical data I would suggest using xfs or 


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