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SubjectRe: [Ext2-devel] [RFC 0/13] extents and 48bit ext3

* Adrian Bunk <> wrote:

> > I'd argue that whatever we call it, we need a standard, stable,
> > supported solution *soon* for large files, large filesystems, large
> > storage systems in Linux.
> >
> > I'd think the quickest path is to relieve the pressure now in ext3.
> Why aren't JFS and XFS good enough for relieving the pressure now?

Compatibility? Upgradability? Simplicity? Supportability?

Even ignoring all those arguments, i find your "ext3/ext4 is too
complex, use XFS or JFS" argument a bit naive. Please take a quick look
at the linecount of the filesystems in question:

ext2: 7492
ext3+jbd: 22197
ext4+jbd: 24312

reiser3: 28857
reiser4: 79189

JFS: 32819

XFS: 110718

the ext3 -> ext4 patches add +2115 lines of code (which 2115 lines solve
the biggest performance and scaling problem ext3 currently has), which
is 1.9% of the linecount of XFS.


> > We still haven't solved the filesystem check time problem, which is the
> > next big bugaboo. But getting large fileysstems to real customers soon,
> > e.g. in mainline, well tested, ready for distro support is my real goal.
> >...
> Other people have the "no regressions for existing ext3 users" goal.

frankly, i'll leave that decision to the ext3 developers and obviously,
to distributors. Their filesystem has handled my data for 10 years, and
they have been very conservative about their technical choices
throughout. I trust them to not mess up this time either.

ext3 does quite a few things to stay compatible with ext2 - and frankly,
i very much expected it to do that when i migrated my ext2 data to ext3.
The days of "change the world in an incompatible way and dont look back"
are gone.

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