Subject: Removing tmpfs' experimental status, take 2
To: None <email@example.com>
From: Julio M. Merino Vidal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 11/09/2006 16:47:13
It has been almost three weeks since I proposed removing tmpfs's
experimental status. At that time several concerns were raised and
all of them have been addressed. These were:
* NFS-exportability. tmpfs now works over NFS; at the very least
its test suite can be executed successfully over a remote tmpfs.
* Data corruption: Two issues were raised. Once was a real
problem in tmpfs where it would not deal with mtimes properly
during renames and the other was due to misconfiguration on
the tester's machine. In other words, there was no "data
corruption" as such.
* vnd over files in tmpfs: This now works.
* Linux binaries cannot readdir tmpfs properly: This has been
addressed and now applications such as OpenOffice.org (the
one against which the bug was filled) can see the contents of
* kqueue notifications have been audited and they now match the
behavior of MFS (FFS).
Aside the raised issues:
* A tmpfs LKM has been added.
* A bug in tmpfs has been fixed that caused a crash (in DEBUG
kernels only) when accessing the current directory after it was
* Maybe something else...
There still remains the problem of "too much memory usage" but fixing
that has a lot of chances of breaking stability. Plus there is no
time to do that safely before 4.0 ships (e.g. I don't know where to
start yet, and it seems certainly non-trivial).
So... what do you think about removing the experimental status now and
enabling tmpfs by default in all GENERIC kernels?
Julio M. Merino Vidal <email@example.com>
The Julipedia - http://julipedia.blogspot.com/