Re: Linux-2.4.10 + ext3

Aaron Lehmann (
Sun, 23 Sep 2001 21:45:08 -0700

On Sun, Sep 23, 2001 at 08:45:22PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> So yes, it would be nice if an ext3-only kernel could drive ext2
> filesystems, but not super-important.


> As for the other part of your suggestion: make ext2 "obsolete":
> I don't think so. ext3 is wickedly complex, and ext2 is the
> reference filesystem for Linux. It could be argued (at length) that
> the VFS and block layers were designed for, and are almost part of
> ext2.

I didn't mean to imply this. I love ext2 and still use it more than
probably any other filesystem (judging by numbers of partitions).

I simply was hoping for insted of:

<*> EXT2 fs
<*> EXT3 fs

(which is required today for most ext3-using people who want to do ext2

... there could be:

<*> EXT2 fs
<*> EXT3 journalling extensions

AFAIK this would eliminate a lot of duplicate kernel code for ext3

But anyway, I'm not saying that ext2 should be made obsolete. I only
use ext3 on one machine and I would be much more annoyed if I had to
enable ext3 on the other machines than live with my current situation
of needing both ext2 and ext3 in the kernel on this particular one.

I think you understand ;-).
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