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SubjectRe: XFS for 2.4
Hello Larry,

On Mon, Dec 01, 2003 at 02:20:25PM -0800, Larry McVoy wrote:
> I have no idea if XFS should or should not go in, I'm not commenting on that.
> However, having a bunch of XFS users say "put it in" when the maintainer
> said no, DaveM said no, and no other file system people seem to be
> stepping up to the bat with a review and a nod seems wrong.

I must have missed that mail from Dave - or perhaps its still
in flight to me. If you're refering to his "super-maintainence
mode" comment, I don't believe there was any specific comments
relating to XFS there (and XFS on 2.4 is in maintenance mode,
has been for a long time).

I also have mail from Marcelo saying he would look at merging XFS
in 2.4.24-pre (back when we last sent it, in 2.4.23-pre) ... so,
obviously I'm a little confused by this turn of events.

> Have you spoken with the people who maintain the generic parts of the
> VFS layer that you want to change? If those people were in the list of
> people saying "XFS should go in" then I think you'd get a lot farther.

That level of discussion with other kernel coders, and extensive
review _has_ happened, in many cases _years_ ago now - this stuff
has all been merged in 2.5 for ages. I wouldn't expect discussion
from other filesystem people at this stage - it is all old news to

> ... the people who maintain those interfaces which
> are generic should make that decision. Don't you agree?

Of course, and they have agreed that these are the way the changes
should be made - if you look at 2.6 you will see these changes all
merged there, a long time ago. As I said, there is nothing new or
surprising here, and the changes are small and such that the other
filesystems are unaffected.


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