Thursday, 12 September 2013

Re: Removing reiserfs support from the installer

On Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 05:19:37PM -0600, Oliver Ries wrote:
> On Sep 12, 2013 10:30 AM, "Colin Watson" <[email protected]> wrote:
> > On Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 09:17:43AM -0700, Tim Gardner wrote:
> > > I'm not really in favor of entirely dropping reiserfs support from the
> > > kernel, e.g., CONFIG_REISERFS_FS=n. Doubtless, there are still folks out
> > > there using it that would be pretty annoyed on upgrading to find they
> > > can no longer access their file system.
> > >
> > > I am, however, OK with dropping resierfs from any udebs that we produce.
> >
> > I agree with that assessment.
>
> Are we providing any type of migration path for users that are running
> reiserfs? Was reiserfs ever the default in Ubuntu, iow is there potentially
> a userbase that through upgrades is still stuck on that fs?

It was never the default, and if we only remove it from the installer
and kernel udebs and not from the kernel config itself, there should be
no significant migration concern.

The only possible migration-related issue I can think of is that you
might have trouble reinstalling on such a system and mounting an
existing reiserfs filesystem neatly; you'd have to treat it as data
during the installation and mount it later. I'm not hugely troubled by
that.

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Colin Watson [[email protected]]

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