Re: reiser4 plugins

From: Horst von Brand
Date: Thu Jun 23 2005 - 14:38:35 EST

David Masover <ninja@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hans Reiser wrote:
> > Jeff Garzik wrote:


> > You missed his point. He is saying ext3 code should migrate towards
> > becoming reiser4 plugins, and reiser4 should be merged now so that the
> > migration can get started.

> Sort of.
> I think ext3 would be nice as a reiser4 plugin.

What for? It works just fine as it stands, AFAICS.

> Not everyone will want
> to reformat at once, but as the reiser4 code matures and proves itself
> (even more than it already has),

I for one have seen mainly people with wild claims that it will make their
machines much faster, and coming back later asking how they can recover
their thrashed partitions...

> the ext3 people may find themselves
> wanting some of the more generic optimizations.

They'll filch them in due time, don't worry.

> But, I don't think that will realistically happen at all.
> Instead, what will probably happen is that once Reiser4 is in the
> mainstream kernel, it will become more popular and noticable. Other
> FSes will take note. ext3 people may decide they want
> file-as-directory,

That idea is even much older than Linux itself, and no other (Unix)
filesystem has implemented it. Ever. Wonder why...

> and vfat people may decide they want cryptocompress,

I'm sure they don't, because it is mostly for Windows and assorted devices
(pendrives, digital cameras, ...) compatibility.

> and so on. In order to do this, they can work with Namesys to port
> whatever feature they need at the time to the standard VFS.

I'm sure they are grateful for the offer.

> Eventually, with all the features ported, we end up with a situation
> where there may be no meaningful difference between a filesystem and a
> low-level reiser4 plugin.

Could very well take decades, if ever.
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