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Old 06-24-2012, 10:26 AM
Stuart Chalmers
 
Default Bug#678797: linux-source-3.2: Feature Request: BTRFS

Package: linux-source-3.2
Severity: wishlist

Dear Maintainer,

For the release of Wheezy, please consider merging as recent a version of BTRFS
code as is practical, to allow Wheezy to benefit from the bug fixes performed
upstream since the release of linux 3.2.

Thanks.



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Old 06-26-2012, 10:20 PM
Jonathan Nieder
 
Default Bug#678797: linux-source-3.2: Feature Request: BTRFS

Hi Stuart,

Stuart Chalmers wrote:

> For the release of Wheezy, please consider merging as recent a version of BTRFS
> code as is practical, to allow Wheezy to benefit from the bug fixes performed
> upstream since the release of linux 3.2.

That might be a good idea (I don't know what the btrfs maintainers'
plans regarding which kernels to support in the long term are). In
the meantime, do you know of any particular bug fixes we should try to
cherry-pick?

Thanks,
Jonathan



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Old 09-13-2012, 12:17 PM
Stuart Chalmers
 
Default Bug#678797: linux-source-3.2: Feature Request: BTRFS

Hi Jonathan,I'm
not sure about specific patches I'm afraid - the most common theme on
the btrfs mailing list seems to be 'try the latest version'.With
this in mind, perhaps sync to the upcoming 3.6 kernel (not sure how easy
or otherwise this is), or perhaps align to what Oracle and Suse have
done for Enterprise Support:https://btrfs.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/Getting_started#Enterprise_distributions_with_btrf s_supportHowever, I get a 'gut
feel' (so no stats to back this up) that the amount of interest in btrfs
will lead to a lot of instalations trying it, so shipping the most
mature version as is practical may be sensible as warnings around
backups etc are frequently ignored.* The

3.2 version being shipped isn't a big issue for me personally as it's working fine just now, so happy to be guided by the Debian maintainers in terms of cost/benefit.

Also,
there was some mention of an upcoming update on btrfs-progs on the
btrfs mailing list too - another candidate to sync perhaps?
Thanks.
 
Old 09-13-2012, 03:14 PM
Jonathan Nieder
 
Default Bug#678797: linux-source-3.2: Feature Request: BTRFS

Stuart Chalmers wrote:

> I'm not sure about specific patches I'm afraid - the most common
> theme on the btrfs mailing list seems to be 'try the latest
> version'.

We'd be happy to be alerted to cases where that solved someone's
problem, so we can ensure the fix is applied to older stable kernels
and all distros benefit from it.

Actually when people report bugs I tend to give the same advice.
Trying the newest version is a good way to make the behavior
understandable instead of having to take into account unmemorable
differences between kernels, and it simplifies finding a fix by quite
a bit when a patch is already available in bleeding-edge kernels.

[...]
> The 3.2 version being shipped isn't a big issue for me personally as
> it's working fine just now,

I can't speak for Ben and others on the kernel team, but I get the
feeling we'd prefer to take patches as needed then.

Thanks for your help,
Jonathan


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