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Re: Why not FUSE ZFS?

From: "Simon 'corecode' Schubert" <corecode@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 12:52:27 +0100

[no offence, not directed particularly at you, just taking this mail to hang the rant]

Dmitri Nikulin wrote:
Now it just occurred to me we can have ZFS for the nominal price of
supporting FUSE. It's not as fast as a pure kernel version, of course,
but Matt says he wants userland file systems anyway and FUSE is a
de-facto standard for that. Even NetBSD's puffs now has a 'refuse'
compatibility kit. FreeBSD also has FUSE support. DragonFly can
support FUSE by wrapping SYSLINK as is already planned, and this
immediately gives it a lot of file systems currently beyond reach.

So the choice is:

1. port FUSE as a new filesystem
2. port ZFS as a new filesystem

notice that only the name differs? It is both work, so why not go for the real thing? FUSE does not have a particularly optimized interface, so performance won't be sexy.

Doh, people, don't you realize no matter what you talk about ZFS or whatnot, IT WILL NOT HAPPEN! Unless, of course, you start working on it YOURSELF. Nobody wants to actively port ZFS. Seriously, there is nobody. Matt is working on the cluster filesystem. So, hmm.. who else could work on it... me? I'm doing threading for now and frankly, I don't need ZFS (yet). Thomas? Victor? Yonetani? Sascha? They all mind their own business, for a reason: they don't care about ZFS (at least for the time being), which is perfectly okay. That leaves us (about) with: YOU (plural).

Again: All this talk is moot. This is not even a bikeshed (where people want to do something and get their legs kicked). This is (mostly) superficial (mostly) non-technical small talk about something that hopefully somebody else will do.

People, get over it. DO something, or not. But don't scratch your head if you chose the latter and nothing happens.


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