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    Thoughts on dropping ReiserFS support

    Colin Watson posted this to the ubuntu-devel mailing list:

    Debian has removed reiserfs support from its kernel packages and its
    installer (http://bugs.debian.org/717517). I don't really want to keep
    maintaining it without Debian; for instance it would mean adding support
    for http://bugs.debian.org/696123 as an Ubuntu-specific patch once we
    have the underpinnings done. Does anyone feel desperately that we have
    to keep this or shall I just go ahead and drop it?

    Thanks,

    -- Colin Watson
    Any thoughts on this?

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    Re: Thoughts on dropping ReiserFS support

    I've never used it. I studied the various fs's for comparisons, but in the end I stuck with ext4.
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    Re: Thoughts on dropping ReiserFS support

    ReiserFS was conceived as a replacement for ext2. It was faster in some circumstances but had issues with corruption.

    Time has moved on. It was good in its time but now irrelevant.

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    Re: Thoughts on dropping ReiserFS support

    It was a good FS (OK, it is) but it doesn't have a future, company has folded, its creator is in prison for life, so better drop it and forget about it; it's about time

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    Re: Thoughts on dropping ReiserFS support

    Gave it a try on a test machine, but had problems with it. Have no reason to keep using it. My opinion is to drop it as there is no support for it.

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    Re: Thoughts on dropping ReiserFS support

    I used it for a while and it did fold up on itself once. It was faster than ext2. Not sure if it is faster than ext4. Data recovery tools have a harder time with it. The files are still there, but it is more difficult to rebuild the tree. Without a maintainer or improvements, it's a dead-end file system.

    I have no problem with dropping it.

    If you are running a production server with ReiserFS, then now is the time to migrate.
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    Re: Thoughts on dropping ReiserFS support

    With the advent of BTRFS and it improving all the time, the speed at which even EXT4 is still running, ZFS, XFS plus the myriad of others, personally I don't see the point in "beating a dead donkey" as it were. If reiserFS was still in development maybe there could be an argument for it.

    I'm all for removing it as an option as to be fair we have very capable and more impressive filesystems to choose from. Plus if debian no longer is maintaining, it that for me settles it.
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    Re: Thoughts on dropping ReiserFS support

    Quote Originally Posted by davetv View Post
    ReiserFS was conceived as a replacement for ext2. It was faster in some circumstances but had issues with corruption.

    Time has moved on. It was good in its time but now irrelevant.
    i Agree also, EXT4 & BTRFS are ok. (just my 2 cents)

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    Re: Thoughts on dropping ReiserFS support

    I have never deviated from the EXT* FS, but if I did, BTRFS would be my choice and ReiserFS would of never been considered. RIP

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    Re: Thoughts on dropping ReiserFS support

    It doesn't seem any different than dropping OSS audio or support for non-PAE CPU's. Ubuntu used to be a distro more accommodating to older machines and backwards compatibility. For better or worse, it's no longer that distro...

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