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SubjectRe: Linux 2.4.10-pre11

On Tue, 18 Sep 2001, Alexander Viro wrote:
> It can be modified so that combination with lazy-bdev and pipefs-like tree
> would work. And yes, most of the ugliness would just go away.

That's the part I like about the page-cache bdev patch. It has a lot of
fairly ugly warts, but all of them seem to be really fixable with _other_
cleanups, at which point only the good parts remain.

I agree that the timing may leave something to be desired. But we had the
discussion about fixing pagecache-bdev consistency wrt the regular buffer
cache filesystem accesses a week or so ago, and the fact is that nobody
really seems to have started working on it - because everybody felt that
you have to get everything done at once.

I don't have that feeling. I'm happy with having partial merge with ugly
warts, if it means that you can get to the final stage _without_ having to
have all the problems fixed at one time.

So now we have two _smaller_ merges that will fix two other issues, and
remove all the horridness from the original merge.


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