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Date:	Wed, 2 Jan 2008 23:16:55 +0200
From:	Adrian Bunk <>
To:	Diego Calleja <>
Subject: Re: [2.6.24 patch] let EXT4DEV_FS depend on BROKEN

On Wed, Jan 02, 2008 at 07:26:29PM +0100, Diego Calleja wrote:
> El Wed, 2 Jan 2008 03:32:18 +0200, Adrian Bunk <> escribió:
> > It might make sense to offer ext4 in -mm and even in early -rc kernels, 
> > but I've already seen people using ext4 simply because a stable kernel 
> > offered it - and that's definitely not intended.
> But isn't that the whole purpose of having ext4 snapshots in the stable kernel - to
> allow people to try it?

ext4 has quite an unusual development model for kernel code, other 
code in the state of ext4 is usually only in -mm and not in stable 

Stable kernels are mainly meant for usage, not for trying stuff.
And although I see a point in perhaps shipping some not-yet-perfect 
device drivers for otherwise unsupported hardware or some
not-yet-perfect filesystems required for accessing foreign
(non-Linux) filesystems, I don't see any point in offering a
WIP Linux-only filesystem in stable kernels.



       "Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
        of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
       "Only a promise," Lao Er said.
                                       Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed

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