[RFC] Remove NTFS kernel support

Alfred Perlstein alfred at freebsd.org
Wed Feb 6 23:13:14 PST 2008

* Attilio Rao <attilio at freebsd.org> [080206 17:00] wrote:
> As exposed by several users, NTFS seems to be broken even before first
> VFS commits happeing around the end of December. Those commits exposed
> some problems about NTFS which are currently under investigation.
> Ultimately, This filesystem is also unmaintained at the moment.
> Speaking with jeff, we agreed on what can be a possible compromise:
> remove the kernel support for NTFS and maybe take care of the FUSE
> implementation.
> What I now propose is a small survey which can shade a light on us
> about what do you think about this idea and its implications:
> - Do you use NTFS?
> - Are you interested in maintaining it?
> - Do you know a good reason to not use FUSE ntfs implementation? What
> the kernel counter part adds?
> - Do you think axing the kernel support a good idea?

My pragmatic view on this is that I think it's odd that something
that is sort-of working for a few people is going to be axed by
people that don't use it, while promising to replace it with something

Maybe a nicer way of saying/asking would be to ask:

Is the FUSE replacement going to be tested to the point where it's
better than then current NTFS code?

- Alfred Perlstein

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