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Re: [opensuse] Is reiserfs dead?
  • From: Pascal Bleser <pascal.bleser@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2006 23:51:52 +0100
  • Message-id: <456F6088.4050908@xxxxxxxxx>
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Robert Smits wrote:
> On Sunday 26 November 2006 18:40, Thomas Miller wrote:
>> I saw something about this project being shut down. Should I reinstall
>> and replace it with ext3? My server is newly set up with nothing
>> installed RC1 10.2. I did an upgrade on 10.1.
>
> The project (Namesys) seems to be Hans Reiser, and his personal problems (he
> has pled not guilty in the murder of his estranged wife) may lead to its
> demise but no one knows at this point.
>
> The only problem I have with reiserfs is that suse's partition manager doesn't
> seem to be able to resize a reiserfs partition, which is why I installed with
> ext3 when I added Suse 10.1

IMO that's a bug in yast though, because you can very easily resize
reiserfs partitions online (= while mounted), especially when they're on
LV (Logical Volumes).

> I wouldn't change to ext3 unless you anticpated resizing problems.

I never had resizing problems with reiserfs. Actually, that's its
biggest strength IMO.
XFS can be resized online too, but you can only grow XFS partitions, and
not shrink them.
ext3 cannot be resized online the last time I checked (I'd love to be
proven wrong on this one ;))
(anyone knows whether that will be possible with ext4 ?)

And reiser3 isn't dead because Namesys' future is doubtful.
reiser3 is currently being maintained by Linux kernel developers, since
quite some time. reiser3 could be dead because there aren't much Linux
kernel devs taking care of it as of now, but not because of Namesys.

And I certainly wouldn't say reiserfs is dead, reiser4 is currently
being considered for being merged into vanilla/mainline.
If it does, it will be maintained by Linux kernel developers, whatever
happens to Namesys and Hans Reiser.

cheers
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