[ros-general] About filesystem support...

Brandon Turner turnerb7 at msu.edu
Sat Nov 4 20:05:50 CET 2006

João Jerónimo wrote:
> I've just read the filesystems section of the Developer FAQ and it says:
> *
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>  - Q* Why don't you implement Ext2/3 instead of focusing on NTFS?*
>  - A* Because NTFS is a major feature which must be supported at some 
> time. Ext2/3 is of course a topic for us, however there are already 
> projects whose goal it is to implement Ext2/3 for NT. We will utilize 
> these drivers when they are good enough.
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> So... if you are going to use the code from one of the many projects for 
> ext2/3 drivers around there "when they are good enough", why do the ROS 
> source has a driver in /reactos/drivers/filesystems/ext2? Is it one of 
> the popular IFS ext2/3 drivers that has, meanwhile, become "good 
> enough"? Or is it a ReactOS internal subproject?
I think it is the ext2 from http://sourceforge.net/projects/ext2fsd but 
it is probably a really old version.  It is rumored to work in our CC 
branch but not in trunk.
> And what about NTFS? Does the driver in 
> /reactos/drivers/filesystems/ntfs do something? Does it read?
> Is it an internal project?
I haven't looked at it in a while but I think that it was just a stub 
driver that doesn't do anything. 
> JJ
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Brandon Turner
ReactOS Release Engineer
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