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FILESYSTEMS(5)		   Linux Programmer's Manual		FILESYSTEMS(5)

       filesystems  -  Linux  filesystem  types: minix, ext, ext2, ext3, ext4,
       Reiserfs, XFS, JFS, xia, msdos, umsdos, vfat, ntfs, proc, nfs, iso9660,
       hpfs, sysv, smb, ncpfs

       When, as is customary, the proc filesystem is mounted on /proc, you can
       find in	the  file  /proc/filesystems  which  filesystems  your	kernel
       currently  supports;  see  proc(5)  for	more  details.	 If you need a
       currently unsupported filesystem, insert the  corresponding  module  or
       recompile the kernel.

       In order to use a filesystem, you have to mount it; see mount(8).

       Below a short description of a few of the available filesystems.

       minix	 is  the  filesystem  used  in the Minix operating system, the
		 first to run under Linux.  It has a number  of	 shortcomings,
		 including a 64MB partition size limit, short filenames, and a
		 single timestamp.  It remains useful  for  floppies  and  RAM

       ext	 is  an	 elaborate  extension of the minix filesystem.	It has
		 been completely superseded  by	 the  second  version  of  the
		 extended  filesystem  (ext2)  and  has	 been removed from the
		 kernel (in 2.1.21).

       ext2	 is the high performance disk filesystem  used	by  Linux  for
		 fixed	disks as well as removable media.  The second extended
		 filesystem was designed  as  an  extension  of	 the  extended
		 filesystem (ext).  ext2 offers the best performance (in terms
		 of speed and CPU usage) of the	 filesystems  supported	 under

       ext3	 is  a	journaling version of the ext2 filesystem.  It is easy
		 to switch back and forth between ext2 and ext3.

       ext4	 is  a	set  of	 upgrades  to	ext3   including   substantial
		 performance   and   reliability   enhancements,   plus	 large
		 increases in volume, file, and directory size limits.

       Reiserfs	 is a journaling filesystem, designed by Hans Reiser, that was
		 integrated into Linux in kernel 2.4.1.

       XFS	 is  a	journaling  filesystem,	 developed  by	SGI,  that was
		 integrated into Linux in kernel 2.4.20.

       JFS	 is a  journaling  filesystem,	developed  by  IBM,  that  was
		 integrated into Linux in kernel 2.4.24.

       xiafs	 was  designed and implemented to be a stable, safe filesystem
		 by extending the Minix	 filesystem  code.   It	 provides  the
		 basic	most requested features without undue complexity.  The
		 xia filesystem is no longer actively developed or maintained.
		 It was removed from the kernel in 2.1.21.

       msdos	 is  the  filesystem  used  by	DOS,  Windows,	and  some OS/2
		 computers.   msdos  filenames	can  be	 no  longer   than   8
		 characters,  followed	by  an optional period and 3 character

       umsdos	 is an	extended  DOS  filesystem  used	 by  Linux.   It  adds
		 capability  for  long	filenames, UID/GID, POSIX permissions,
		 and special files (devices, named pipes, etc.)	 under the DOS
		 filesystem, without sacrificing compatibility with DOS.

       vfat	 is an extended DOS filesystem used by Microsoft Windows95 and
		 Windows NT.  VFAT adds the capability to use  long  filenames
		 under the MSDOS filesystem.

       ntfs	 replaces  Microsoft  Window's	FAT filesystems (VFAT, FAT32).
		 It  has  reliability,	performance,   and   space-utilization
		 enhancements plus features like ACLs, journaling, encryption,
		 and so on.

       proc	 is a pseudo filesystem which  is  used	 as  an	 interface  to
		 kernel	 data  structures rather than reading and interpreting
		 /dev/kmem.  In particular, its files do not take disk	space.
		 See proc(5).

       iso9660	 is  a	CD-ROM	filesystem  type  conforming  to  the ISO 9660

		 High Sierra
			Linux supports High Sierra, the precursor to  the  ISO
			9660   standard	  for	CD-ROM	 filesystems.	It  is
			automatically recognized within the iso9660 filesystem
			support under Linux.

		 Rock Ridge
			Linux  also  supports  the System Use Sharing Protocol
			records	 specified  by	the  Rock  Ridge   Interchange
			Protocol.  They are used to further describe the files
			in the iso9660 filesystem to a UNIX host, and  provide
			information  such  as  long  filenames, UID/GID, POSIX
			permissions,  and  devices.    It   is	 automatically
			recognized within the iso9660 filesystem support under

       hpfs	 is the High  Performance  Filesystem,	used  in  OS/2.	  This
		 filesystem  is	 read-only  under  Linux  due  to  the lack of
		 available documentation.

       sysv	 is an implementation of the SystemV/Coherent  filesystem  for
		 Linux.	  It  implements  all of Xenix FS, SystemV/386 FS, and
		 Coherent FS.

       nfs	 is the network filesystem used to  access  disks  located  on
		 remote computers.

       smb	 is  a network filesystem that supports the SMB protocol, used
		 by Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT, and Lan Manager.

		 To use smb fs, you need a special mount program, which can be
		 found	in the ksmbfs package, found at ⟨

       ncpfs	 is a network filesystem that supports the NCP protocol,  used
		 by Novell NetWare.

		 To  use  ncpfs, you need special programs, which can be found
		 at ⟨⟩.

       proc(5), fsck(8), mkfs(8), mount(8)

       This page is part of release 3.65 of the Linux  man-pages  project.   A
       description  of	the project, and information about reporting bugs, can
       be found at

Linux				  2014-01-15			FILESYSTEMS(5)

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