Re: Moving unmaintained filesystems to staging

From: Matthew Wilcox
Date: Wed Apr 25 2018 - 22:57:34 EST

On Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 10:30:29PM +0200, David Sterba wrote:
> I had similar toughts some time ago while browsing the fs/ directory.
> Access to the filesystem images can be reimplemented in FUSE, but other
> than that, I don't think the in-kernel code would be missed.
> It's hard to know how many users are there. I was curious eg. about bfs,
> befs, coda or feevxfs, looked at the last commits and searched around
> web if there are any mentions or user community. But as long as there's
> somebody listed in MAINTAINERS, the above are not candidates for moving
> to staging or deletion.

Yeah, it's pretty sad how few commits some of these filesystems have
had in recent years. One can argue that they're stable and don't need
to be fixed because they aren't broken, but I find it hard to believe
that any of them were better-implemented than ext2 which still sees
regular bugfixes.

As long as there's someone who can be pestered with bugs, I don't see
the need to push their baby out of the tree. I'm a bit more nervous
about hfsplus; if it has users and no maintainer, those users are at risk.

Perhaps we could advertise on Craigslist or something ... maintainer
wanted for LTR.