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SubjectRe: [Ext2-devel] [PATCH 1/2] ext2/3: Support 2^32-1 blocks(Kernel)
On Tue, Mar 21, 2006 at 01:38:22PM -0500, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> Hurd is definitely using the translator field, and I only recently
> discovered they are using it to point at a disk block where the name
> of the translator program (I'm not 100% sure, but I think it's a
> generic, out-of-band, #! sort of functionality).

Translators on directories are a combo of automount+userland
filesystem, with the addition on having them saved in the mounted-on
filesystem. Rather nice actually. Replacing /etc/fstab with
local-to-the-mountpoint information has some charm. I'm not sure if
translator-on-files actually exist.

Note that in hurd all filesystems are userland. Whether it is a good
thing is left as an exercise to the benchmarker and the deadlock


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