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Re: Debian GNU/Hurd 2019 released!

On Sat, Jul 13, 2019 at 2:48 PM Richard Braun <rbraun@sceen.net> wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 13, 2019 at 08:37:54PM +0200, Arne Babenhauserheide wrote:
> > >   1. The installer uses ext2.
> > …
> > > Regarding (1), ext2 seems a bit unusual in 2019, but it may be a
> > > design decision. It may be worth noting ext4 is a journaled file
> > > system and ext2 is not.
> >
> > The reason for ext2 is that this is not just an ordinary ext2, but one
> > which supports setting passive Hurd translators on nodes (started on
> > access to the filesystem node).
> The real reason is history. Noone did work to get ext4 in, but ext2
> on the other hand was there from the start. How can people imagine
> this is a design decision at all ?

Well, I can't speak for others, but for me, ext2 is there. Ext4 has
been available for over 10 years. There has to be a good reason for
selecting ext2 over ext4 a decade after the fact.

Also, the Hurd docs don't state no one has done the work. Confer,
https://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/hurd/translator/ext2fs.html . I
would not advertise that either :)

Finally, there are no open issues for the ext4 migration. Confer,
https://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/tag/open_issue_hurd.html .


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