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11<version>8.0</version> 11<version>8.1</version>
12<date>2007-05-07</date> 12<date>2007-06-26</date>
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15<title>Introduction to Block Devices</title> 15<title>Introduction to Block Devices</title>
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17<title>Block Devices</title> 17<title>Block Devices</title>
660happens to be in an inconsistent state. 660happens to be in an inconsistent state.
661</p> 661</p>
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664<b>ext3</b> is the journaled version of the ext2 filesystem, providing metadata 664<b>ext3</b> is the journaled version of the ext2 filesystem, providing metadata
665journaling for fast recovery in addition to other enhanced journaling modes 665journaling for fast recovery in addition to other enhanced journaling modes like
666like full data and ordered data journaling. It uses a hashed B*-tree index that 666full data and ordered data journaling. It uses an HTree index that enables high
667enables high performance in almost all situations. In short, ext3 is a very 667performance in almost all situations. In short, ext3 is a very good and reliable
668good and reliable filesystem. 668filesystem.
669</p>
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672<b>ReiserFS</b> is a B*-tree based filesystem that has very good overall 672<b>ReiserFS</b> is a B+tree-based filesystem that has very good overall
673performance and greatly outperforms both ext2 and ext3 when dealing with small 673performance and greatly outperforms both ext2 and ext3 when dealing with small
674files (files less than 4k), often by a factor of 10x-15x. ReiserFS also scales 674files (files less than 4k), often by a factor of 10x-15x. ReiserFS also scales
675extremely well and has metadata journaling. ReiserFS is solid and usable as 675extremely well and has metadata journaling. ReiserFS is solid and usable as
676both general-purpose filesystem and for extreme cases such as the creation of 676both general-purpose filesystem and for extreme cases such as the creation of
677large filesystems, very large files and directories containing tens of 677large filesystems, very large files and directories containing tens of

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