Re: VFS 64-bit clean

Phil Brutsche (
Tue, 24 Feb 1998 23:09:00 -0600 (CST)

On Tue, 24 Feb 1998, Rob Hagopian wrote:

> What, you can't backup and restore when ext4fs comes out with b-tree
> directories and no more triple/quad indirect inodes? Filesystems also have
> to be rock solid. ext2fs is pretty darn close, and doing a clean extension
> to 64-bit wouldn't jeopradize that. As soon as you start tossing in things
> like b-trees you increase the amount of testing that needs to be done
> dramaticly, and that takes lots of time. People need this now.
> -Rob H.
In that case, please at least leave ext2 alone - copy all that code over
to a ext3 development tree or something or other and then start your
modifications (64-bit, larger blocksizes, whatever you or others feel is

Like you said, filesystems must be rock-solid. Any change to ext2
(outside of bugfixes) would introduce bugs that would need to be worked

Phil Brutsche

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