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SubjectRe: the " 'official' point of view" expressed by kernelnewbies.org regarding reiser4 inclusion
Jeff Garzik wrote:
> Pavel Machek wrote:
>> Hi!
>>
>>>> of the story for me. There's nothing wrong about focusing on newer
>>>> code,
>>>> but the old code needs to be cared for, too, to fix remaining issues
>>>> such as the "can only have N files with the same hash value".
>>> Requires a disk format change, in a filesystem without plugins, to
>>> fix it.

> A filesystem WITH plugins must still handle the standard Linux
> compatibility stuff that other filesystems handle.
>
> Plugins --do not-- mean that you can just change the filesystem format
> willy-nilly, with zero impact.

They --do-- mean that you can change much of the filesystem behavior
without requiring massive on-disk changes or massive interface changes.

After all, this is how many FUSE plugins work -- standard FS interface,
usually uses another standard FS as storage, but does crazy things like
compression, encryption, and other transformations in between.
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