Linux Storage News Archives


764 Linux Storage open-source and Linux related news articles on Phoronix since 2008.

XFS Scalability Improvement, Other File-System Enhancements Land In Linux 6.0
XFS Scalability Improvement, Other File-System Enhancements Land In Linux 6.0

The XFS file-system may be getting up there in age but there are no signs of it slowing down but rather the opposite -- continued scalability work and performance optimizations -- as well as tacking on new features. With Linux 6.0, the mature XFS continues to age well. Separately, the EXT4 file-system updates have also landed in Linux 6.0.

5 August 2022 - XFS + EXT4 Changes For Linux 6.0 - 1 Comment
IO_uring To Ring In Some Awesome Improvements With Linux 6.0
IO_uring To Ring In Some Awesome Improvements With Linux 6.0

IO_uring continues to be one of the greatest Linux kernel innovations in recent years and with the in-development Linux 6.0 kernel is getting even better along with some nice block updates and other storage-related enhancements.

1 August 2022 - Linux 6.0 IO_uring, Block Changes - 19 Comments
Btrfs Send Stream v2 Support Queued Ahead Of Linux 5.20
Btrfs Send Stream v2 Support Queued Ahead Of Linux 5.20

The Btrfs send/receive functionality allows for generating a stream of changes between two sub-volume snapshots, which can be useful for efficient backup/archive purposes, among other uses. With the Linux 5.20 kernel is send/receive support for the new "stream v2" format.

20 July 2022 - Stream v2 For Btrfs Send - 37 Comments
F2FS File-System Driver Preparing A Low-Memory Mode

Google engineers are working on the notion of "memory modes" for the Flash-Friendly File-System (F2FS) with the intent on introducing a "low memory" mode for storage devices that would alter its behavior. Presumably Google is working on this new F2FS feature for low-end Android devices.

27 June 2022 - F2FS Low Memory Mode - 3 Comments
liburing 2.2 Released For Easier IO_uring Usage On Linux
liburing 2.2 Released For Easier IO_uring Usage On Linux

Jens Axboe, Linux storage expert and IO_uring lead developer, released liburing 2.2 this weekend as the newest version of this helper library that makes it easier for user-space software to make use of the Linux kernel's IO_uring support.

26 June 2022 - liburing 2.2 - 13 Comments
NTFS3 Kernel Driver Sees Fixes Sent In For Linux 5.19

Following the recent concerns around maintenance for the NTFS3 kernel driver and other developers stepping up to maintain the "NTFS3" kernel driver contributed by Paragon Software, there is now a batch of fixes ready to go for Linux 5.19.

3 June 2022 - Linux 5.19 NTFS3 - 43 Comments
XFS With Linux 5.19 Brings "Lots Of New Code"

The XFS file-system updates for the Linux 5.19 merge window are on the heavier side with this pull being described as "a big update with lots of new code" abound for this summer 2022 kernel release.

29 May 2022 - Linux 5.19 XFS - 7 Comments
Linux FAT File Creation/Birth Time Reporting, Proposal For Statx I/O Alignment Info

Back in 2017 for the Linux 4.11 kernel the statx system call was added for allowing enhanced file information reporting. Since then various file-systems began adding Statx support and worked its way up into Glibc and the like in user-space for Linux finally having file creation time reporting and other attributes. Two separate statx-related additions are now working their way to the kernel.

19 May 2022 - Statx Additions - 12 Comments
Linus Torvalds Comments On The NTFS Linux Driver Situation
Linus Torvalds Comments On The NTFS Linux Driver Situation

As written about earlier this week, concerns have been raised over the "new" NTFS Linux driver that it's effectively unmaintained already less than one year after being mainlined. Linus Torvalds has since commented on the matter and opens up the door for other developers to maintain it.

28 April 2022 - Maintain It - 47 Comments
Concerns Raised Over The "New" NTFS Linux Driver That Merged Last Year
Concerns Raised Over The "New" NTFS Linux Driver That Merged Last Year

Back in 2020 file-system driver provider Paragon Software announced they wanted to upstream their NTFS driver into the Linux kernel. This driver was previously a proprietary, commercial offering from the company but given the state of NTFS these days they wanted to upstream this driver with full read/write support and other features not found within the existing NTFS driver. Finally last year after going through many rounds of review, the new driver was merged into Linux 5.15. Sadly, less than one year later, concerns have been raised that the driver is already effectively orphaned and not being maintained.

26 April 2022 - NTFS3 Orphaned? - 72 Comments
ZoneFS File-System To See Some Improvements With Linux 5.19
ZoneFS File-System To See Some Improvements With Linux 5.19

Back in 2019 Western Digital announced their work on ZoneFS as a new Linux file-system just designed for specialty use-cases and running on zoned block devices. There hasn't been much code churn around ZoneFS in a number of kernel releases since it was merged back in 2020 while for Linux 5.19 this summer a number of fixes/improvements have been queuing up.

18 April 2022 - ZoneFS - 2 Comments
Reiser5 Issues New Development Release, Performance Numbers For Scaling Out
Reiser5 Issues New Development Release, Performance Numbers For Scaling Out

While Reiser4 never made it to mainline and has lacked any major corporate backing while Linux 5.18 is deprecating the older ReiserFS driver for removal later on, former Namesys developer Edward Shishkin continues progressing development on "Reiser5" as the evolution of Reiser4. Out today is the newest Reiser5 snapshot and some performance numbers from Shishkin.

10 April 2022 - Reiser5 Progress - 67 Comments
EROFS Read-Only Linux File-System Working Toward New Features

EROFS as a reminder is the read-only Linux file-system originally introduced four years ago that has gone on to see some use particularly by Android devices. While there hasn't been much to report on EROFS in recent time, they are approaching some new functionality in coming kernels.

29 March 2022 - EROFS - 3 Comments
Linux 5.18 Moves Ahead With Deprecating ReiserFS
Linux 5.18 Moves Ahead With Deprecating ReiserFS

Following the recent developer discussions around deprecating and removing the ReiserFS file-system from the mainline kernel, the in-development Linux 5.18 kernel is going ahead and deprecating it.

26 March 2022 - ReiserFS Deprecated - 20 Comments

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