[ardour-users] best file system for audio

Matthew Sewell matthewsewell at ojai.net
Thu Jan 19 19:24:04 PST 2006

This was something I looked into about a year ago and found that there was no definitive answer.  To date, I've recorded on reiserfs (not reiser4), ext2, ext3, and xfs.  I didn't do any benchmarking (you may have noticed that interpretations of benchmarking vary quite a bit anyway and probably confuse the issue) and decided instead to just record and see what worked.

My conclusion is that hardware is much more crucial than filesystems.  Performance issues that I suspected were caused by the filesystem were actually due to motherboards and drives more than anything else.  I suppose there is a point where filesystems make a difference, but I've never hit it.  My advice would be to go with xfs if you plan on doing video too.  Otherwise, go with ext3 and call it a day.


----- Original Message -----
From: Ruben Lopez [mailto:rl1205 at sbcglobal.net]
Sent: 1/19/2006 9:13:45 AM
To: ardour-users at lists.ardour.org
Subject: [ardour-users] best file system for audio

> I have been doing a bit of research for setting up my Linux DAW and I 
> found some documentation that indicates that reiserfs is the better file 
> system to use for audio, so I am wondering what fs you guys are using, 
> and what have been your experiences. Thanks.
> Ruben
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