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Why a different default filesystem for Workstation vs Server?

asked 2016-12-03 17:32:20 -0600

ataraxia gravatar image

Back in Fedora 21, the default filesystem on Server installs only was switched to XFS. For Workstation, it stayed with ext4. I'm curious why Workstation wasn't switched to XFS as well. Does anyone know the actual reasoning from decision-makers inside the Fedora project for this split? It seems to me that if it was worth changing Server, why not change Workstation as well and only maintain one default filesystem.

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answered 2016-12-03 19:42:40 -0600

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I am not a member of the Fedora team - but I suspect the reasons relate to the following:

xfs supports larger file systems than ext4 and can not be re-sized smaller (partitions). This works well on servers that usually need to have larger file systems than workstations and are far more likely to re-size partitions larger than shrink them. Workstations will typically require more flexibility with partition re-sizing and usually don't need to support very large file systems - ext4 works well in this scenario.

I think at this stage maintaining ext4 for Workstation and xfs for Server is a good compromise - besides, you can always change from the default options during installation if they don't suit your needs.

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