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Subject: Re: ext3 in archos?
From: Joseph Jones (
Date: 2004-01-07

George Michaelson wrote:

>I agree the cost:benefit analysis probably still makes this less relevant for
>all users.
>But I think a VFS abstraction cost would be small. Its almost innate in all
>unixes, including the various uCLinux/tinyBSD, which fit on SH3 class processors
>amongst others (eg Soekris) some of which have very constrained memory
>footprints. Yes, we're SH1. but its not like arguing for gcc on a pdp-8.
>I would also point out that using a UNIX fs (I personally prefer BSD derived
>ffs) provides some significant enhancements over the current FAT32 fs:
> 20 year back history of filesystem code to leverage
> file system check/recovery tools built into all hosts
> sensible directory structure, no filename restrictions
> FAST. the ffs and ext2fs are really simple to make fast for
> directory scans, disk layout etc
>and best of all
> no risk of MSDOS patent trash.
>I think self-hosting off of windows would be good. Maybe somebody off the core
>rockbox with some skills, or a student looking for a project might want to do
I agree that ext2fs would be cool. I so badly wish I had the time to
learn C so that I could actually code it myself, but hey. Just adding my


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