Re: NWFS [PATCH] File organization 2.2.18 and 2.4.0-7

From: Christoph Hellwig (
Date: Mon Sep 04 2000 - 11:16:47 EST

"Jeff V. Merkey" <> wrote:

> I at present have the NWFS utilities and File System drivers as single
> source base. Obviously, the way your tree is organized, the file system
> driver proper should be in the kernel tree and the file system utitilies
> somewhere else.


> Where should I breakout the file system utils and where
> do these go? I noticed stuff for ext2 on in a utils
> directory. Are the utilities something I should submit as a tar.gz and
> the driver as a patch, or can I leave the utilities in the source tree
> itself.

The utils go in a tarball _you_ maintain. The utils don't strictly belong
to the kernel - only some of the most frequently used are mirrored

> It's been coded to have dependencies on most of the files that
> comprise the driver itself, but obviously, this is probably how someone
> who lives on another planet would do it. I also have a single source
> base for all versions of Linux rather than a different file system code
> base for each version, which is how you've got it organized today. This
> part I can get around. What's a little harder is how the utilities
> depend on the driver source files. I can maintain a separate code base
> for the Utilities, however, this means I have to maintain two code bases
> and keep them in sync if bugs get fixed in one or the other.

An alternative would be putting the util-only sources in a separate tarball
and let it use the kernel-level source files. Something like

VPATH = ${srcdir}:${kerneldir}/fs/nwfs

on the top of your Makefile might help.


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