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SubjectRE: XFS for 2.4


On Tue, 2 Dec 2003, Murthy Kambhampaty wrote:

> On Tuesday, December 02, 2003 10:50 AM, Marcelo Tosatti
> [mailto:marcelo.tosatti@cyclades.com] wrote:
>
> > > > Also I'm not completly sure if the generic changes are
> > fine and I dont
> > > > like the XFS code in general.
> > > Ahh so the real truth comes out.
> > >
> > >
> > > Is there a reason for your sudden dislike of the XFS code?
> >
> > I always disliked the XFS code.
> >
> > > or is this just an arbitrary general dislike for unknown or unstated
> > > reasons?
> >
> > I dont like the style of the code. Thats a personal issue,
> > though, and
> > shouldnt matter.
>
> i) Would the linux 2.4 kernel maintainer please stop trolling the XFS
> mailing list.

Sure :)

> >
> > The bigger point is that XFS touches generic code and I'm not
> > sure if that
> > can break something.
>
> ii) This was the reason why it took so long to get it into the 2.5 series
> and in the 2.4-ac series, of course, but surely by now it has been shown
> that the changes to the generic code do not "break something". It isn't
> clear what standard is being applied here. Surely its not "the patches had
> better be shown to not break anything else AND Marcelo Tosatti must also
> like the style of the code".

Well theres not much of a standard indeed.

> > Why it matters so much for you to have XFS in 2.4 ?
> >
>
> iii) The 2.4 series kernel is the here and now, regardless of how near we
> all hope/project the 2.6 kernel to be (has Andrew Morton even taken it over
> from Linus?). Pushing 2.6 on users, and unjustifiably blocking the adoption
> of advanced features into the current linux kernel is pretty absurd. XFS has
> unmatched filesystem features (for example, it uniquely enables filesystem
> level backup of databases even when the database log is on a different
> partition than the data tables
> http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=postgresql-admin&m=106641231828872&w=2).
>
> If you can't come up with something more concrete than "I don't like your
> coding style" and "I'm not sure your patch won't break something", it seems
> only fair you take the XFS patches.

Using my non-standard and "better not to break anything else" techniques
I decide to not include it.

Its too late for it to be included in 2.4. Use 2.6 or a modified 2.4 tree.



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