[RFC] mke2fs with DIR_INDEX, RESIZE_INODE by default

Stephen C. Tweedie sct at redhat.com
Fri Mar 17 22:26:57 UTC 2006


On Fri, 2006-03-17 at 00:53 -0700, Andreas Dilger wrote:
> I've been thinking recently that we should re-enable DIR_INDEX in mke2fs
> by default.  When it first came out, we had done this and were bitten by
> a few bugs in the code.  However, this code has been in heavy use for
> several thousand filesystem years in Lustre, if not elsewhere, and I'm
> inclined to think it is pretty safe these days.

I reckon they are safe enough for general use.  The only question mark
in my mind is over the change in behaviour for people who dual-boot or
swap data between newer and older distros.

One way around that that I've been wondering about would be to wait
until we have accumulated enough new features (extent maps/64-bit,
increase the default inode size etc.) and give the new feature set its
own explicit flag in mke2fs.  It might be something we could call ext4
(ie. enable it if mke2fs is called as "mke4fs"); we might just add a
separate flag.  Whatever way we chose, it would want to be something
that would stand out as an obviously non-backwards-compatible formatting

If we do want to do that, then there's less reason to want to enable
small bits of that feature set in a piece-meal fashion.  


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