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Re: [opensuse-factory] Re: [PLEASE SPEAK UP] Disabling legacy file systems by default?
On 1/31/19 1:42 PM, Jim E Bonfiglio wrote:
Hi Jim- so far as I'm aware, thinking does not necessarily match
reality. I couldn't tell you how many attend that conference, but I do
wonder what a representative sample of (open)SUSE users would report as
"necessary" file systems. Without such a sample this proposed change
appears quite reckless.


Best, Jim


On Thu, 2019-01-31 at 16:45 +0000, Jim Henderson wrote:
On Thu, 31 Jan 2019 04:37:08 -0500, Felix Miata wrote:

And yet there are enough to manage to have an annual convention:
http://www.warpstock.org/

I don't have a horse in this race, but going to the site for the
Berlin
2018 conference doesn't make me think that this affects thousands of
users. It makes me think it affects about 20. Small conference
rooms, a
relatively small lunch gathering. Makes me wonder what the actual
attendance is.

The solution is simple - remove the filesystem from the
blacklist. Seems
like a really easy thing to do for something that's used by 20
people.

It's not like the filesystem module is not being built or included.

In terms of local file systems, the vast majority of users use:
ext2/3/4, xfs, btrfs, and reiserfs[1]. OCFS2 and GFS2 are common enough
that I wouldn't want to blacklist them. JFS saw some use in the past
but it was never particularly popular since it was the disk format used
by OS/2 and not the AIX version. My opinions on it aren't new[2]. The
rest are for compatibility with now-ancient or otherwise uncommon OSes,
for pure flash (ie: without an FTL) media, or have other maintenance
issues (f2fs). Are there users out there for any of these? I'm sure
there are a handful. I just don't think it's worth leaving the attack
surface open for the vast majority of users to accommodate a few --
especially if we can minimize the impact on the few.

Now that I look at it again, the list was composed using the file
systems we build on SLE15. There are two others that should be added:
omfs
ntfs[3]

-Jeff

[1] I expect this will go on the blacklist at some point in the future
as I'm the last person to do any real work on it and I have other
priorities that take precedence.
[2]
https://sourceforge.net/p/jfs/mailman/jfs-discussion/thread/fpps5p$g2t$2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/
-- I'm assuming the staff member was me in this case. Dave also says
that he tries to fix bugs but the hard ones go unfixed. This was 11
years ago.
[3] Not that NTFS isn't widely used; Just that the only attention that
the ntfs kernel module has has seen since 2007 has been for tree-wide
cleanups and API changes. Use ntfs-3g instead.

--
Jeff Mahoney
SUSE Labs
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