Reiser4 and kernel inclusion
Posted Sep 22, 2005 17:47 UTC (Thu) by iabervon
Parent article: Reiser4 and kernel inclusion
I think the real issue is that Hans is trying to write a new filesystem to revolutionize how we use files, but that just isn't exclusively the jurisdiction of a filesystem. In the Linux scheme, there is a restricted set of things that the filesystem does, and then there are other things that get done by the VFS. All of the really interesting stuff that Hans is doing belongs in the VFS, and shouldn't care too much about the filesystem in use. It would be nice to cat a file that's inside a tar file, but if that's done in a filesystem, you'll be able to do it on your hard drive, but doing it on a CD or a ramdisk won't work. Obviously, this is going to confuse users, who don't expect ramdisks to work differently from hard drives.
The problem is really that Hans didn't start by understanding how the division of labor among kernel subsystems worked and why it was set up that way, so the parts where he has really good ideas aren't the parts that are in a state suitable for submission, and so he doesn't have anything better to take up his attention than flaming people.
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