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Subject: Re: Summer of Code 2009

Re: Summer of Code 2009

From: Tapio Kelloniemi <spammi.helevetti_at_nbl.fi>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 20:48:43 +0200

On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 05:35:17PM +0100, Stephan Seitz wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 05:21:24PM +0100, Johannes Linke wrote:
>> unfortunately "Support other filesystems than FAT32 (like NTFS or ext2
>> or whatever)!" is on the NoDo list.
>
> I know. :-( I???ve got the Flyspray mail for the closing of this feature
> request as well. But I thought that it would be acceptable for the GSoC
> project.
>
> And I???m still thinking that this would be a great feature in Rockbox.

It is long time since the decision was made. Perhaps new developers are
willing to accept this. Of course the arguments (which are good) againt other
file systems are still valid, but other file systems have many benefits
as well (including those mentioned above).

I believe that a solution which makes everyone happy exists, but it may be
non-trivial. The binary bloating is the nastiest problem.

But for example the bootloader problem could be avoided by creating a small
FAT32 partition to the HD (only for storing all the Rockbox data).

Would it be possible to allow file systems to be plugins (FAT32 obviously
can't be a plugin)?

Conditional compilation (#ifdef ... #endif) could also be a possibility - many
of those who miss ext2 wouldn't mind the extra effort of compiling their
player's firmware.

-- 
Tappi-Aura, who has got songs with question marks in their names

Received on 2009-01-21

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