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Re: File systems

On Sat, Aug 02, 2003 at 11:58:31PM +0100, Robin Green wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 02, 2003 at 04:12:07PM -0400, Rik van Riel wrote:
> > Of course, once the distribution has moved to an open source
> > development model it will be possible to support reiserfs, as
> > long as people volunteer to do that work...
> Great! :) Hypothetically, what would be involved in supporting it?
> What would a person have to commit to doing?
> Not that I'm volunteering - I'd probably be way out of my depth. But
> just attempting to stir up some interest here.

Hmm, there are actually a lot of questions here.

But in terms of reverting to where we were before for reiserfs,
disabling "linux reiserfs" for installs was an unintended consequence
of something else (kernel-unsupported).  We're thinking about that...

Then there's the question of "what do we *encourage* users to use?"
which we'll still want to be picky about -- getting to the question
of "editorial control" and having developers have a shared vision
about what we are trying to do.  Even if our reservations about the
reliability of reiserfs were answered, we'd still have the issue
that new versions of reiserfs keep changing the on-disk format,
whereas we have consistently held the opinion that data portability
is important.

For now, someone wanting to help resolve user bug reports in
reiserfs should do three things: subscribe to rhl-devel-list to
discuss, subscribe to rhl-beta-list and rhl-list to help users,
and run regular bugzilla queries for recent bugs filed against
kernel with subject text of "reiserfs" and look for bugs that
need fixing.  That would be a starting point...

I'd suggest that discussing contributing to the development
process would be better done on rhl-devel-list.  Replies


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