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SubjectRe: SGI's XFS DONATED AS OPEN SOURCE!!!!!!!!!
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Dan Koren <dkoren@cthulhu.engr.sgi.com> writes:

> File system companies like Transarc or Veritas could not exist if
> such were the case. File systems can be ported between different
> OS's, even though this isn't trivial. Developing a transactional
> file system from scratch is still a lot more work than porting an
> existing one.

Transarc may not be a good example here; many of the tricky bits of
AFS stay in userland, where it's much easier to port things.

It is still possible to port an entirely in-kernel filesystem without
_too_ much pain, though -- I'm doing it now for a filesystem based on
our NASD research that was originally written for OSF1. Apart from
some cache issues, the port process has been surprisingly painless.


--nat

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