ext2 - ext3 - ext4
Posted Jun 16, 2006 2:15 UTC (Fri) by jzbiciak
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In reply to: ext2 - ext3 - ext4
Parent article: Time for ext4?
And, since the change is isolated to meta-data, what really stops there from being an e4fsck flag that finds ext4-specific files and rewrites them as ext2 format (space permitting)?
As for a "start over again" filesystem, I believe Andrew Morton's position is non sequitur. We should keep evolving ext with whatever steps we think are appropriate, and let someone dedicated to filesystem design come up w/ the next big thing. It'll have to be obviously superior to ext3 (or ext4 or ext99 or whatever) to win, but if there was true benefit to the new filesystem, then it's worth it.
The corollary to my argument is that while Reiser4 seems to be just that sort of "rethink and do-over" type of filesystem, it's not obviously superior to ext3, and so it hasn't won a place in the Linux kernel yet. At least, that's how I see it.
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