[boot-floppies] `mke2fs' and new Linux 2.2 ext2 features ?
>>>>> "Adam" == Adam Di Carlo <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Adam> Thanks for your comments. I have changed the system as
Adam> [... code snip elided ...]
Adam> Thus, 2.0 compat is retained by default.
Adam> As you can see, the question is only answered if the verbose
Adam> flag is passed.
I don't agree with this change. I would rather it get asked always,
and that the default is for the button that enables the new features
and rejects Linux 2.0 compatability be highlighted by default, so
that pressing [Enter] will take that branch, [Tab][Enter] will turn
off the new filesystem features. Perhaps the quiet flag would then
take the default of enable the new features.
`potato' will come with a 2.2.x kernel. Why would anyone want to run
a 2.0 kernel with it?
Adam> I guess it could be argued that this question should be
Adam> asked by default but I don't really think it should. What
Adam> we're talking about here is whether mke2fs enables the
Adam> following features, from the man page:
Adam> The following features are supported: sparse_super, which
Adam> cause the filesystem to use sparse superblocks, and
Adam> filetype, which will cause the filesystem to store file type
Adam> information in directory entries.
What advantage are the new features? What do they provide us with?
Do they make the filesystem more efficient? What do they do?
Adam> I don't think anyone but experts should care, thus these
Adam> features are inhibited unless the verbose flag is passed>
Perhaps we should ask the technical committee what they think? I'm
Cc'ing to debian-mentors. Mentors? Please advise. We're hanging
out on debian-boot@lists and IRC #debian-boot.