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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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