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Re: e2fsprogs as Essential: yes?

On Mon, Oct 02, 2017 at 10:53:57AM +0800, Paul Wise wrote:
On Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 5:01 AM, Michael Stone wrote:
If e2fsprogs goes non-essential I'd rather see a new package for the
filesystem-indpendent parts than have random packages depending on
"ext2/ext3/ext4 file system utilities" because they want chattr. (Side note:
if the fs-independent programs aren't spun off to a new package, the
description really should be updated to make it clear that there's stuff in
there that isn't specific to ext2/3/4.)

I wonder why these tools weren't put into util-linux/etc in the first
place, perhaps they should move to a less filesystem-specific source
package too?

Well, in the first place chattr/lsattr were filesystem specific--other filesystems adopted the ext2 interface over the years. badblocks was designed to generate a block list for mke2fs. (And really it's functionally obsolete with modern drives.)

Mike Stone

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