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SubjectRe: 2.3.x wish list?
Getting back the the mke2fs -m option. Wouldn't it be better to change the
semantics of this option to specify the amount of blocks, MB or
something instead of percentages? 1% of an 8GB filesystem is still 80 MB.
I see no direct reason for a reserved area so big...


Lately, Theodore Y. Ts'o announced:
> Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 08:59:08 +0200 (MEST)
> From: (Rogier Wolff)
> I agree with you that most often the number of files increases more
> slowly than the size of the filesystem, but there are cases where
> this isn't true.
> News is the one example that everybody knows.
> True, but for a good news server you generally have to tune a lot of
> things anyway. And any decent news server maintainer should be able to
> tune a filesystem appropriately.
> I think you can print a warning if your "new guidelines" aren't
> followed, but I don't think you should force your new guidlines on
> everybody. (well, we're talking about changing the default. But nobody
> ever changes the default....)
> The problem is that a default has to be best for most people. Linus
> pointed out to me, probably correctly, that one of the reasons for our
> lousy performance on the Mindcraft benchmark was probably related to bad
> defaults for the filesystem. And there are going to be far more file
> servers and web servers than news servers used by users, so it makes
> sense to make the defaults be optimized for the more commoon usage
> scenarios.
> - Ted

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