NTFS in GENERIC: opt-in or opt-out?

Marian Hettwer mh at kernel32.de
Mon Jan 19 00:55:07 PST 2009

On Mon, 19 Jan 2009 00:35:30 -0800, Maxim Sobolev <sobomax at FreeBSD.org>
> Erich Dollansky wrote:
>> Hi,
>> On Sun, 2009-01-18 at 23:25 -0800, Maxim Sobolev wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I am reviewing differences between amd64 and i386 GENERIC kernels and
>>> noticed that for some unclear reason we ship amd64 GENERIC with NTFS
>>> module compiled in, while i386 without it. IMHO both should match. The
>>> question is whether NTFS should be i386 way (opt in) or amd64 way (opt
>> the Windows file system?
>> I would use opt-in as most people will not need it.
> Any particular reason why not? Memory is cheap, 100-200KB of extra
> kernel code doesn't really matter today, while NTFS is probably the most
> widespread filesystem after MSDOS. Therefore supporting it in the
> GENERIC out of the box even in the read-only mode (our NTFS driver is
> read-only AFAIK) could benefit many users.
I'd like to have it loaded as a modile on demand, as soon as I try to
I would throw it out of GENERIC if its up to me.
Although I don't have technical arguments for throwing it out of GENERIC ;)


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