[arch-general] Kernel ext2 driver

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Sat Mar 1 21:50:06 EST 2008

On Sat, Mar 1, 2008 at 7:51 PM, Jan de Groot <jan at jgc.homeip.net> wrote:
> On Sat, 2008-03-01 at 22:42 +0100, Peter Feuerer wrote:
>  > Anyway, my question was not about finding a way to replace the initrd.
>  > I
>  > asked if it would be possible to add ext2 into the standard kernel's
>  > config of archlinux again. Through many ppl use ext2 anyway, e.g. for
>  > their /boot partition. And the driver is not that big (the module is
>  > 74k). I do understand, you don't want to have every little driver in
>  > the
>  > kernel, but come on, ext2 is a very common filesystem...
>  Ext2 is a dead filesystem and has been replaced by ext3.

Your entire rest of statement was valid, but why on earth did you make
a claim like this? I have to speak up and say something here. ext2 is
nowhere near dead. I use it on my /boot partition on every Linux
install, and every filesystem on my Eee is currently ext2. Hardly
dead- unless "stable as hell" = dead.

>  We don't have
>  use for any filesystem in our kernel, as our kernel doesn't need any
>  filesystem driver to boot.
>  Adding ext2 as static configuration option will bring up the next
>  question: "I don't want to use initcpio, I want to have <insert random
>  filesystem> built in the kernel".

This is a valid justification- thanks for giving the best answer on
this thread yet.


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