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hpr3701 :: ReiserFS - the file system of the future

The history and future of ReiserFS, its involvement with DARPA, a sordid murder and Kernel politics

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Hosted by Paul J on 2022-10-10 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Duration: 00:19:31


  • ReiserFS – The file system of the future
  • Intro: Welcome to HPR; What I do; How I got in to computing; How I got in to Slackware and discovered ReiserFS
  • A history of ReiserFS: Previous episode; Brief recap; A brief history; Lessons learned and experiences gained; Some tools to use
  • Outro: Thanks


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

ReiserFS is a general-purpose, journaling file system initially designed and implemented by a team at Namesys led by Hans Reiser and licensed under GPLv2. Introduced in version 2.4.1 of the Linux kernel, it was the first journaling file system to be included in the standard kernel. ReiserFS was the default file system in Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise until Novell decided to move to ext3 on October 12, 2006, for future releases.
Namesys considered ReiserFS version 3.6 which introduced a new on-disk format allowing bigger filesizes, now occasionally referred to as Reiser3, as stable and feature-complete and, with the exception of security updates and critical bug fixes, ceased development on it to concentrate on its successor, Reiser4. Namesys went out of business in 2008 after Reiser's conviction for murder. The product is now maintained as open source by volunteers. The reiserfsprogs 3.6.27 were released on 25 July 2017.
ReiserFS is currently supported on Linux without quota support. It has been discussed for removal from the Linux kernel since early 2022 due to a lack of maintenance upstream, and technical issues inherent to the filesystem, such as the fact it suffers from the year 2038 problem; it was deprecated in Linux 5.18, with removal planned for 2025.


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Comment #1 posted on 2022-10-11 16:56:43 by wynaut

Very interesting

Thanks Paul, really enjoyed your show.
Comment #2 posted on 2022-10-11 18:52:27 by Kevin O'Brien

Great show

Thank you for sharing this, good information.
Comment #3 posted on 2022-10-11 21:51:38 by Beeza

Perfect First Show

This first show was everything an HPR episode should be. It told us about a file system many will not have heard of but, not only that, undoubtedly inspired many of us to look deeper into the subject matter thanks to your excellent delivery.
Comment #4 posted on 2022-10-11 23:46:54 by Windigo

Excellent first episode!

Thank you for the introductory episode - and for discussing ResierFS! I used it as my primary file system ages ago, and enjoyed hearing about it again.
Comment #5 posted on 2022-10-13 22:54:46 by brian-in-ohio

great show

I enjoyed this show very much. Looking forward to the series of shows you alluded to in the episode. I wonder if you might tell us about your programming language some time, might it have been a lisp, or even better a forth? :) Keep them coming

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