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SubjectRe: writing a plugin for reiserfs compression
Andreas Dilger (adilger@turbolabs.com) wrote*: 
>
>On Nov 01, 2001 18:14 +0100, Roy Sigurd Karlsbakk wrote:
>> Novell NetWare has a feature I really like. It's a file compression
>> feature they've been having since version 4.0 (or 4.10) of the OS.
>
>Yes, there is a patch for ext2 that does this as well.

ok...

I just thought there was a patch doing windows nt-like
compress-em-all-realtime-and-get-doomed!

>> New attributes must be added somehow. 'ls' and 'find' and perhaps other
>> files must be modified to take advantage of this. The compression job can
>> be a simple script with something like
>>
>> find . -type f ! --compressed ! --dont-compress / -exec fcomp {} \;
>>
>> (and check can't compress and force compression).

There already exists a patch for reiserfs which uses the same interface
to file attributes that ext2 and ext3 use.

ok? with batched compression?

>Also, ext2 already has a "compressed", "do not compress", and "dirty"
>attributes. They are currently not all user modifyable for ext2
>filesystems via chattr/lsattr, but that doesn't mean they cannot be
>on reiserfs.
>
>> There must be a way to access the compressed files directly to make
>> backups more efficient - backing up already compressed files's a good
>> thing.
>
>Yes, there is also such an attribute for "raw" access I think.
>
>Making the user-space interface and tools as compatible as possible is
>a good thing, IMHO, just like "ls", "cp", etc all work regardless of
>the underlying filesystem.

yes, but it's kinda nice to have some way of checking a file's attributes for a
sysadmin...

>As a note to whoever at namesys created the reiserfs patch to add the
>"notail" flag (overloading the "nodump" flag). I would much rather
>that a new "notail" flag be allocated for this. I will contact Ted
>Ted Ts'o to get a flag assigned. This will avoid any problems in the
>future, and may also be useful at some time for ext2.

Do you think the other flags I mentioned may be useful?

roy
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