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SubjectRe: [reiserfs-dev] Re: [PATCH] sparc32: wrong type of nlink_t
David S. Miller wrote:

> From: Hans Reiser <>
> Date: Thu, 05 Sep 2002 00:31:36 +0400
> The proper fix should be to make the result of the limit
> computation be accurately architecture specific.
>And then each and every Reiserfs partition is platform specific
>and cannot be mounted onto another Linux platform.
>Creating such a restriction is a grave error.
And you would cripple the 99% usage to aid those users who move disk
drives physically over to a sparc box AND have more than 31k links to a

Or is there some usage pattern that I don't appreciate that makes it
highly likely that people will swap disks into a sparc? Maybe these hot
plug ruggedized with plastic covers IDE disks that there was some press
about being a substitute for DVDs a few months ago?

Frankly, I had doubts about our code that causes CPU order to not be
used in the disk format, but I was persuaded that it was not a
measurable performance loss to do it and said yes.

I recognize that you may see things from a perspective that I have not
experienced, so please articulate on that if so.


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