Re: [PATCH] befs: remove unused endian functions

From: Luis de Bethencourt
Date: Wed Jun 01 2016 - 15:31:24 EST

On 01/06/16 20:20, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 31 May 2016 21:59:03 +0100 Luis de Bethencourt <luisbg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On 31/05/16 21:54, Al Viro wrote:
>>> On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 02:27:57PM +0100, Luis de Bethencourt wrote:
>>>> Remove endianness conversion functions that are declared but never used.
>>> Well... As long as it stays read-only - sure, you don't need to convert
>>> anything to on-disk types.
> I think it would be best to leave the code as-is. The compiler will
> remove it all so there's a very small amount of compile-time cost. We
> could just comment the code out but then they would rot over time,

Hi Andew,

Sorry for submitting a patch that got nacked. I have two other in befs, but they
are small and trivial.

>> Hello,
>> While reading the BeFS book "Practical Filesystems" I have gotten really
>> interested in this and it's why I am reading/learning the Linux
>> implementation.
>> The idea of adding write support has crossed my mind, but I wanted to know
>> if you would be interested in this before I start looking into it. Are you?
>> It would take some time and there are other things to clean in the befs code
>> first though.
> It could be a fun starter project but I have to say, befs is not a very
> valuable place in which to spend your time nor is befs the best place
> in which to develop familiarity. A more modest project within a more
> mainstream part of the kernel would be a better investment.

That is a good point. One of the reasons I've been reading the Linux
implementation of befs is because it is unmaintained. I thought I could help, but
it also means there isn't huge interest for more support.

Do you have any suggestions of more modest projects within other file systems?
Something that would be a better time investment.

Thanks for the help,