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SubjectRe: writing a plugin for reiserfs compression
On Nov 01, 2001  18:14 +0100, Roy Sigurd Karlsbakk wrote:
> Novell NetWare has a feature I really like. It's a file compression
> feature they've been having since version 4.0 (or 4.10) of the OS.

Yes, there is a patch for ext2 that does this as well.

> New attributes must be added somehow. 'ls' and 'find' and perhaps other
> files must be modified to take advantage of this. The compression job can
> be a simple script with something like
> find . -type f ! --compressed ! --dont-compress / -exec fcomp {} \;
> (and check can't compress and force compression).

There already exists a patch for reiserfs which uses the same interface
to file attributes that ext2 and ext3 use.

Also, ext2 already has a "compressed", "do not compress", and "dirty"
attributes. They are currently not all user modifyable for ext2
filesystems via chattr/lsattr, but that doesn't mean they cannot be
on reiserfs.

> There must be a way to access the compressed files directly to make
> backups more efficient - backing up already compressed files's a good
> thing.

Yes, there is also such an attribute for "raw" access I think.

Making the user-space interface and tools as compatible as possible is
a good thing, IMHO, just like "ls", "cp", etc all work regardless of
the underlying filesystem.

As a note to whoever at namesys created the reiserfs patch to add the
"notail" flag (overloading the "nodump" flag). I would much rather
that a new "notail" flag be allocated for this. I will contact Ted
Ted Ts'o to get a flag assigned. This will avoid any problems in the
future, and may also be useful at some time for ext2.

Cheers, Andreas
Andreas Dilger

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