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11<version>2.0</version> 11<version>2.1</version>
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15<title>Introduction to Block Devices</title> 15<title>Introduction to Block Devices</title>
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551happens to be in an inconsistent state. 551happens to be in an inconsistent state.
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555<b>ext3</b> is the journaled version of the ext2 filesystem, providing metadata 555<b>ext3</b> is the journaled version of the ext2 filesystem, providing metadata
556journaling for fast recovery in addition to other enhanced journaling modes 556journaling for fast recovery in addition to other enhanced journaling modes like
557like full data and ordered data journaling. It uses a hashed B*-tree index that 557full data and ordered data journaling. It uses an HTree index that enables high
558enables high performance in almost all situations. In short, ext3 is a very 558performance in almost all situations. In short, ext3 is a very good and reliable
559good and reliable filesystem. 559filesystem.
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563<b>ReiserFS</b> is a B*-tree based filesystem that has very good overall 563<b>ReiserFS</b> is a B+tree-based filesystem that has very good overall
564performance and greatly outperforms both ext2 and ext3 when dealing with small 564performance and greatly outperforms both ext2 and ext3 when dealing with small
565files (files less than 4k), often by a factor of 10x-15x. ReiserFS also scales 565files (files less than 4k), often by a factor of 10x-15x. ReiserFS also scales
566extremely well and has metadata journaling. ReiserFS is solid and usable as 566extremely well and has metadata journaling. ReiserFS is solid and usable as
567both general-purpose filesystem and for extreme cases such as the creation of 567both general-purpose filesystem and for extreme cases such as the creation of
568large filesystems, very large files and directories containing tens of 568large filesystems, very large files and directories containing tens of

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