[RFC] Remove NTFS kernel support

martinko gamato at users.sf.net
Thu Feb 7 15:12:05 PST 2008

Tom Evans wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-02-07 at 02:00 +0100, Attilio Rao 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?
> Yes
>> - Are you interested in maintaining it?
> No, wouldn't know how
>> - Do you know a good reason to not use FUSE ntfs implementation? What
>> the kernel counter part adds?
> Didn't work last time I tried, running RELENG_7 and the NTFS support in
> base does everything I need, don't experience any problems. I don't like
> the idea of 
>> - Do you think axing the kernel support a good idea?
> Truthfully, no not really. If no-one wishes to maintain it/fix it now,
> then I'd prefer it to be disconnected from the build until it annoys
> someone enough. Apparently its already broken and unusable, but WFM.
> /dev/ad4s1 on /mnt/windows (ntfs, local, read-only)
> If the base NTFS support was axed, would the fuse-kmod, or equivalent,
> find its way into the base?
>> Thanks,
>> Attilio
> Tom

And what about puffs from NetBSD ?
Wouldn't it be better to import puffs and ReFUSE ?

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