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SubjectRFC: Modified FAT filesystem driver?

One thing I've considered in using the FAT filesystem drivers is, "Why do
we need to have so many modules for this?" This is an option that may have
already been looked into, but I figured I'd put it out there and see what
people thought. What if, instead of having the base FAT module and an
MSDOS fs module and a VFAT fs module that load on top, have the FAT module
be extendable? I mean, have the "standard" configuration be to use plain
jane 8.3 MSDOS filenames, but have an extra config option to enable VFAT
LFN support, and then when the LFN support is compiled in, have a
mount-time option whereby LFN support can be disabled for specific mounts.
That way, for those who don't run Win95 or don't want to use VFAT for
whatever reason, but want standard FAT FS support, the module/code built
into the kernel only will do 8.3, but for those who want it, VFAT LFN
support can be built into the same module/block of kernel code, instead of
having two FS types. Let me know it this option has been unsuccessfully
tried, or if you think it's a good idea, or whatever thoughts you may
have. Thanks.

Derrik Pates

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