[RFC] Remove NTFS kernel support
julian at elischer.org
Thu Feb 7 09:40:57 PST 2008
Attilio Rao wrote:
> 2008/2/7, Alfred Perlstein <alfred at freebsd.org>:
>> * Attilio Rao <attilio at freebsd.org> [080207 06:13] wrote:
>>> 2008/2/7, Andre Oppermann <andre at freebsd.org>:
>>>> Eric Anderson wrote:
>>>>> I think Alfred's point is really interesting. How many people that
>>>>> don't use it that say 'axe it' does it take to override 1 person saying
>>>>> 'keep it!'?
>>>> The real question is how many people does it take to say 'I'll maintain
>>>> it'? Just one. Without it, it will only bitrot as evidenced by Attilios
>>>> question. NTFS is currently broken, just not as obvious because WITNESS
>>>> didn't track and enforce lockmgr locks.
>>> Andre catched exactly my point.
>>> The big problem is that we have a list of several unmaintained fs.
>>> NTFS is in this list. The support is not reliable, it is only
>>> available in read mode and eventually bugged.
>>> I'm not sure I want to keep this if nobody wants to maintain it.
>> All I'm saying is that I think this is a bit premature considering
>> the users. Within less than 24hrs we've had a few users reporting
>> in as users, I'm sure the fixes (now that we have some good assertions)
>> are going to be trivial.
>> Why not let it ferment/rot for a release cycle and then see what
>> the story is?
> Obviously if we can fix it is better, but axing is an opportunity I
> don't want to leave out and this is why I wanted to poll users about
> this issue. Eventually, if an axing is decided, it won't happen in
> short times but only once all situations for "migration" will be
> probed and finished.
I think axing it would be a mistake.
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