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Date:	Wed, 23 Jan 2008 14:50:29 -0700
From:	Andreas Dilger <>
To:	Theodore Tso <tytso@....EDU>
Cc:	Eric Sandeen <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH, RFC] Add new "development flag" to the ext4 filesystem

On Jan 23, 2008  11:53 -0500, Theodore Tso wrote:
> Since I'm still hoping that
> some point in the future, fs/ext4 could subsume fs/ext3 so we don't
> have to worry about bug fixes going into fs/ext2 AND fs/ext3 AND
> fs/ext4, I have my own reasons for wanting that.

If any newbie kernel hacker wants a filesystem project, allowing ext4
to mount ext2 filesystems w/o a journal would be very useful.  I
suspect that a simple flag check in the ext4_journal_* wrappers of the
jbd2 functions would be enough in many cases.

One of the reasons to keep ext2 around is that ext3 cannot mount the
filesystem without a journal, and removing that limitation for ext4
would bring us one step closer to removing a ton of duplicate code.
Another reason for ext2 vs. ext3 was overhead from journaling, and
that could also be removed by allowing ext4 to mount ext2 filesystems
w/o a journal.

Maybe a good proposal for a Google Summer-of-Code project.

Cheers, Andreas
Andreas Dilger
Sr. Staff Engineer, Lustre Group
Sun Microsystems of Canada, Inc.

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