An important goal of this chapter is to teach you about setting up the best file store for your server. Setting up file storage space is one of the most important tasks on a Linux server, because everything on Linux is available as a file. This goes for programs and regular text files but also for more advanced things such as devices. Your server is probably going to host lots of different applications that all create their own files. Some will create a few huge files, and others will require the fastest possible access no matter what files exist. And you may have a mail server, which creates thousands of small files.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server offers you the ability to choose the best file system for all these different needs, and it supports many file systems out of the box. Before covering how to create the partitions that host the different file systems, I'll compare the most important file systems SUSE Linux Enterprise Server has to offer. In the following sections, you will learn about the file systems that are supported as default installation options from YaST. I won't discuss every file system that can be loaded as a module by the kernel, because most of them are not tuned for use in a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server environment. Specifically, I'll cover the following file systems:
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