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    SubjectRe: File System conversion -- ideas
    Leonard Milcin Jr. wrote:
    > If you have to change filesystem type, I think it is because you have a
    > good reason to do it. I can't imagine the reason explaining the need of
    > converting filesystem if you use this system as home desktop. For
    > ordinary user filesystem is just used for storing data and managing
    > permissions to that data. These are not real-time or
    > performance-critical systems. Thus most of the popular filesystems like
    > ext2, ext3, reiserfs basically fit their needs. If they choose right
    > filesystem type at startup, they could use it for a time of life of
    > their hard disk.
    >
    > There are very few situations when you really need to convert
    > filesystem. Most of the time this operation is done by person who have
    > some experience with computers, and highly probable by person who has
    > access to additional hard disks, etc. I have never heard of one who had
    > to change filesystem type, and had no access to additional equipment.
    >
    > I don't want to say it is not possible, to provide such a function
    > safely. What I want to say is that kernel developers should not
    > complicate filesystem code without *very* good reason. I think that
    > providing on-the-fly conversion capability is not a good reason. Good
    > reason is when you can improve usability for many users and most of the
    > time, not when you ease one operation needed by very few users few times
    > in their life, especially when they can do what they need by just
    > transferring their data back and forth to another disk, or machine.

    Ok, I forgot about enterprise users with lots of data, and probably
    lacking free space, so I missed a point.

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    "Unix IS user friendly... It's just selective about who its friends are."
    -- Tollef Fog Heen

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