Monday, November 12, 2012

Types of Linux FileSystem

Filesystem is an set of files and directories resides in an partition. Linux supports different type of filesystem and details as follow:

   minix     is the filesystem used in the Minix  operating  system,  the
                 first to run under Linux.  It has a number of shortcomings: a
                 64MB  partition  size  limit,  short  filenames,   a   single
                 timestamp,  etc.   It  remains  useful  for  floppies and RAM

     ext       is an elaborate extension of the minix filesystem.   It  has
                 been  completely  superseded  by  the  second  version of the
                 extended filesystem (ext2) and has  been  removed  from  the
                 kernel (in 2.1.21).

    ext2      is  the  high  performance disk filesystem used by Linux for
                 fixed disks as well as removable media.  The second  extended
                 filesystem was designed as an extension of the extended file
                 system (ext).  ext2 offers the best performance (in terms  of
                 speed  and  CPU  usage)  of  the filesystems supported under

    ext3      is a journaling version of the ext2 filesystem.  It is  easy
                 to switch back and forth between ext2 and ext3.

    ext4      is   a   set   of  upgrades  to  ext3  including  substantial
                 performance  and   reliability   enhancements,   plus   large
                 increases in volume, file, and directory size limits.

  Reiserfs   is  a  journaling  filesystem, designed by Hans Reiser, that
                 was integrated into Linux in kernel 2.4.1.

     XFS      is a journaling filesystem,  developed  by  SGI,  that  was
                 integrated into Linux in kernel 2.4.20.

      JFS     is  a  journaling  filesystem,  developed  by IBM, that was
                 integrated into Linux in kernel 2.4.24.

     xiafs     was designed and implemented to be a stable, safe filesystem
                 by  extending  the  Minix  filesystem code.  It provides the
                 basic most requested features without undue complexity.   The
                 xia   filesystem   is  no  longer  actively  developed  or
                 maintained.  It was removed from the kernel in 2.1.21.

    msdos   is  an  extended  DOS  filesystem  used  by Linux.  It adds
                 capability for long filenames,  UID/GID,  POSIX  permissions,
                 and special files (devices, named pipes, etc.)  under the DOS
                 filesystem, without sacrificing compatibility with DOS.

      vfat      is an extended DOS filesystem used  by  Microsoft  Windows95
                 and  Windows  NT.   VFAT  adds  the  capability  to  use long
                 filenames under the MSDOS filesystem.

    proc       is a pseudo filesystem which is  used  as  an  interface  to
                 kernel  data  structures rather than reading and interpreting
                 /dev/kmem.  In particular, its files do not take disk  space.
                 See proc(5).

 iso9660     is  a  CD-ROM  filesystem  type  conforming to the ISO 9660

                 High Sierra
                        Linux supports High Sierra, the precursor to  the  ISO
                        9660   standard   for  CD-ROM  filesystems.   It  is
                        automatically  recognized  within  the  iso9660  file-
                        system support under Linux.

                 Rock Ridge
                        Linux  also  supports  the System Use Sharing Protocol
                        records  specified  by  the  Rock  Ridge   Interchange
                        Protocol.  They are used to further describe the files
                        in the iso9660 filesystem to a Unix host, and provide
                        information  such  as  long  filenames, UID/GID, POSIX
                        permissions,  and  devices.    It   is   automatically
                        recognized  within  the  iso9660  file-system  support
                        under Linux.

    hpfs       is the High Performance Filesystem, used in OS/2.  This  file
                 system  is read-only under Linux due to the lack of available

    sysv       is an implementation of the SystemV/Coherent filesystem  for
                 Linux.   It  implements  all of Xenix FS, SystemV/386 FS, and
                 Coherent FS.

     nfs        is the network filesystem used to access  disks  located  on
                 remote computers.

   smb        is a network filesystem that supports the SMB protocol, used
                 by Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT, and Lan Manager.

                 To use smb fs, you need a special mount program, which can be
                 found     in     the     ksmbfs     package,     found     at

   ncpfs      is a network filesystem that supports the NCP protocol, used
                 by Novell NetWare.

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