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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/7] overlay filesystem: request for inclusion
On 10 June 2011 05:48, J. R. Okajima <> wrote:

> Michal Suchanek:
>> No implementation will satisfy all needs. There is always some
>> compromise between availability (userspace/in-tree/easy to patch in)
>> feature completeness (eg. AuFS is not so easy to forward-port to new
>> kernels but has numerous features) performance, reliability.
> Not so easy?
> While I stopped updating aufs2 just before 2.6.39 (because I simply have
> no time), I think it is easy for aufs to support 2.6.39 or 3.0.
> Would you tell me what is so difficult?
To be fair any out-of-tree in-kernel solution is going to be equally
hard to forward-port.

I am not a kernel VFS hacker so whenever there is a Linux VFS change
other than trivial changes like swapping headers and renaming stuff I
can't use an out-of-tree patch with the changed VFS.

Any solution that leverages the in-kernel interfaces, either hacking
them directly or calling functions not available from userspace is
going to have this issue unless merged into the kernel.

For me the current unionnount and overlayfs are sufficient in that I
can run a live filesystem on top of them reliably.

Others use overlayfs for small systems (eg. OpenWRT) where a solution
as large as aufs is likely not going to fit unless most features can
be compiled out.

Anyway, as I understand it aufs is not going to be merged because the
VFS maintainers don't want a filesyetem (like aufs) but do accept only
mount (overlayfs or unionmount).

So overlayfs is the only way forward now since unionmount development
has stopped.



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