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    If I wanted to move on to a later version of CentOS, once the RHEL6 ripples through, will it be simple task to convert the file system from ext3 to ext4 ?

    As I am new to this all, can you 'upgrade' the OS from one version to the next or does that require a reinstall ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QF006 View Post
    If I wanted to move on to a later version of CentOS, once the RHEL6 ripples through, will it be simple task to convert the file system from ext3 to ext4 ?

    As I am new to this all, can you 'upgrade' the OS from one version to the next or does that require a reinstall ?

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    You can, but the recommended way to go is to do a clean install. Making sure you have no left over cruft from the previous installation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QF006 View Post
    If I wanted to move on to a later version of CentOS, once the RHEL6 ripples through, will it be simple task to convert the file system from ext3 to ext4 ?

    As I am new to this all, can you 'upgrade' the OS from one version to the next or does that require a reinstall ?

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    You really wouldn't need to upgrade unless you had a reason. Most desktop and server uses won't see that big of a benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakshmipathi View Post
    Other than faster fsck. ext4 provides faster deletion for large files since it stores file contents in extent format. Few other enhancements might not be applicable for desktop users.
    Yes, I realize that but I was pointing to the only benefits that I've actually observed from using ext4. I've deleted quite a number of large files with it and don't notice any speed advantage even if it is faster, but perhaps the files weren't big enough to notice. I won't bother with trying to time any file deletions, but the quicker filesystem checks were instantly noticeable with no effort on my part.
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