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KernelTrap: Reiser4 Developments

Aug 31, 2004, 10:00 (4 Talkback[s])

Semantic Changes with Reiser4

"As expected, merging Resier4 into Andrew Morton's -mm tree brought with it a lot of additional features and semantic changes. Christoph Hellwig expressed some unhappiness over these semantic changes, spawning a lengthy thread on the lkml. Specifically, he mentioned that the handling of files-as-directories (multiple streams within files) could cause problems to user-space applications, and could cause other dcache problems.

"A lot of opposition was expressed. Some mentioned that the handling of multiple streams is really a userspace issue, whereas others mentioned that legacy applications may not properly handle multiple streams which could lead to the loss of user data..."

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Merging Reiser4, How and Why?

"Reading through the lengthy debate on the lkml titled 'silent semantic changes with reiser4' is a time investment. Comprised of well over 500 emails and growing, I include here a tiny snippet containing a discussion primarily between Hans Reiser, Andrew Morton, and Linus Torvalds..."

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