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

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Mon Jan 19 01:37:26 PST 2009

In message <790a9fff0901190108r4eb3232bqfc6a0c8af8cd7c71 at mail.gmail.com>, Scot 
Hetzel writes:
>On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 2:35 AM, Maxim Sobolev <sobomax at freebsd.org> wrote:
>> Erich Dollansky wrote:

>> 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.

>Since a buildkernel will install the ntfs.ko kernel module by default,
>their is no need to have the NTFS filesystem complied into GENERIC.

Seconded, we should move towards a mode modular kernel, not less.

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