Re: [PATCH RESEND] implement uid and gid mount options for ext2,ext3 and ext4

From: Ted Ts'o
Date: Sun May 13 2012 - 00:25:09 EST

On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 08:09:52PM -0500, Rob Landley wrote:
> However, 95% of this use case is already covered by FAT, considering
> that most of these people are going to want to interchange with windows
> and mac, neither of which are necessarily happy with an ext3 formatted
> USB stick. (Sadly, that's what I normally do. My usb keychain is fat
> formatted, because otherwise I can't use it to give a PDF to the guy at
> kinko's to print out. I suspect this is why it hasn't previously come up
> much.)

The other reason why I suspect it hasn't come up often is that USB
sticks are so painfully slow that the file system really isn't a

I would expct this might be different if you were using a removable
HDD (or even an SSD) with a USB 3.0 interface. In that case you
really might want a bette file system than VFAT, especially if you are
interchanging with another Linux system with an incompatible uid/gid
namespace. That's not nearly as common a use case, though.

- Ted
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