One other point regarding benchmarks, it's relevancy depends upon the
environment: when recovering from a "temporal power anomaly" [;-)] an
XFS mount will usually take less than a second. Reiser can take
Admittedly, I'm using Reiser as it exists on SuSE 7.1, and XFS as of
this week's CVS, but an XFS mount was always quick (witnessed personally
when I was helping to track down XFS/RAID5 incompatibilities...several
times...every hour.... ;-).
Yes, it's not the "normal mode", but when the system's down, and the
users have their noses plastered on the glass staring at your back, that
extra 4 seconds per filesystem can seem an eternity!
"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick
themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened."
-- Winston Churchill