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SubjectRe: Device-mapper submission for 2.4
On Tue, 9 Dec 2003, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:

> Its nothing against your or DM itself.
> Let DM be in 2.6.

Well, how does this leave 2.4 LVM1 users? From my vague

- 2.6 DM does not support the LVM1 interface
- The DM tools library is dropping support for the LVM1 interface

This leaves 2.4 LVM1 users with a /huge/ leap to take if they wish to
test 2.6. Backward compatibility is awkward because of the DM tools
issue (need both old and new installed and some way to pick at boot,
or manually setup LVM), and you're ruling out the other option of
adding forwards compatibility to 2.4.

This isnt a new fs which 2.4 users wont be using, its an existing
feature that has been reworked during 2.5 and is now incompatible in
2.6 with 2.4. More over, its a feature on which access to data

I'd really like to see one of:

- backwards compat: 2.6 have LVM1 support

- forward compat: 2.4 to have DM support to allow 2.4 users to
LVM->DM first /before/ taking the risk on running 2.6.

- the DM tools to support both LVM1 and LVMx in 2.6, on a *long-term*

I or others may not migrate to 2.6 for many a year, and when we do,
it'd nice to be able to migrate our data in place (not
backup&restore). Kernel interface compat at least tends to be the
most set in stone and is what I would prefer. Whether forward or
backward doesnt matter, adding compat cruft to a soon-to-be obsolete
kernel is possibly better than weighing 2.6 down with it for the next
3+ years.

There are people who store their data in LVM, we need compatibility,
and ideally we'd like to be able to migrate in small steps.

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