Re: [Ext2-devel] [PATCH 2/5] Register ext3dev filesystem

From: Jeff Garzik
Date: Thu Aug 10 2006 - 15:52:19 EST

Theodore Tso wrote:
On Thu, Aug 10, 2006 at 11:20:22AM +0200, Erik Mouw wrote:
On Wed, Aug 09, 2006 at 06:17:22PM -0700, Mingming Cao wrote:
Register ext4 filesystem as ext3dev filesystem in kernel.
Why confuse users with the name "ext3dev"? If a filesystem lives in
fs/blah/, it's registered as "blah" and can be mounted with "-t blah".
Just register the filesystem as "ext4" and mark it "EXPERIMENTAL" in

We had this discussion on LKML. There were those who were concerned
that it would not be enough just to mark it be EXPERIMENTAL.

I _want_ to agree with Erik, but I must agree: CONFIG_EXPERIMENTAL is pretty worthless in practice :( It's not maintained rigorously, and distros _always_ enable it, because otherwise they would often omit key drivers that people actively use.

So, while my own personal preference would be to follow Erik's suggestion... thinking realistically, an fstype change from "ext3dev" to "ext4" is a far more obvious-to-users method of creating a devel/production line of demarcation.


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