On Wed, 3 Jan 2001, Jason Walker wrote:
> I am using the 2.4pre kernel and I think...2.4test11 user-space
> tools...any reason I shouldn't move on up? I was worried if stuff
> bugged out, I wouldn't be able to move back to an earlier kernel,
> because the newer userspace tools would create compatibility issues. I
> ran into this with Reiser...any thoughts?
In addition to Nathan's encouraging words, XFS should be much less
volatile than a newly developed FS in this respect ... we are locked
into the IRIX XFS MIPS on-disk format, and that is the most likely
point of dependence between kernel version and user tools. This "lock"
in is for disk migration between IRIX and Linux, and for the clustered
CXFS product where both IRIX and Linux (and other assorted systems)
will have direct, concurrent access to the filesystem on disk, so there
is no room for making the on-disk formats different.
Also the IRIX XFS MIPS on-disk format is not going to change due to the
size of the installed base and our compatibility commitments to IRIX
And the Open Source format _is_ the IRIX MIPS format.