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SubjectRe: SGI's xfs going opensource
Hello,

> > As our press announcement said, XFS will be released in open source.
> > That does not contradict/preclude its being structured as a loadable
> > module. XFS is a pretty large file system (100k+ lines of code) and
> > it wouldn't be reasonable for something that large to be statically
> > linked with the kernel, as there are probably lots of applications
> > and configurations that don't need its capabilities.
>
> No. Our kernels are configurable, so you can select what components
> you want to have in your kernel. It is something that predates
> modules. [So yes, even if ext2 is normally compiled into kernel, I can
> select in config that I want it out, or I can select that I want it as
> module. Please retain same options for xfs.]
>
> And you definitely _do_ want XFS compiled into kernel, because fs for
> your / partition has to be compiled in. It would be very bad if I had
> to have small ext2 partition there just for insmoding xfs, what do you
> think?

The correct solution would likely be a minix formatted initrd. A bit of a
pain, but certainly doable.

cheers,
David

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David L. Parsley
Network Specialist
City of Salem Schools


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