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What is the status of btrfs?

asked 2011-11-08 10:24:05 -0500

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updated 2011-11-25 22:24:13 -0500

mether gravatar image

Here is what I'd like to know:

  • Is btrfs stable enough to use? I don't want to lose my data!
  • If I'm using ext3 and ext4, can I convert my fs to btrfs without losing my data?
  • What are the advantages of btrfs over ext4?


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Any update on that? 2 years later?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2014-01-15 00:36:10 -0500 )edit
mether gravatar imagemether ( 2014-01-15 01:17:03 -0500 )edit

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answered 2011-11-08 10:39:53 -0500

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  • Btrfs should be robust and stable now but I wouldn't recommend regular users to start using it yet. Btrfs does have a fsck tool but it can only detect problems but not actually fix them. That is under active development and expected to be released soon. So if you do try it out, make sure you have backups.

  • Yes, you can convert without losing data using the btrfs-convert tool. Read the man page carefully before doing this.

  • Btrfs wiki has a list of unique features

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answered 2011-11-10 21:31:19 -0500

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I use btrfs as default in Fedora 16 RC5, the shutdown progress is so slow. I install Fedora 16 Final with ext4,there is no such problem. system can't boot with single / when use btrfs in F16 RC5 too,so i give a ext4 format /boot.

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