[Pkg-zfsonlinux-devel] About downstream patches on debian packages from zfsonlinux.org repository.

Carlos Alberto Lopez Perez clopez at igalia.com
Thu Aug 25 12:43:14 UTC 2016

On 25/08/16 14:01, Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:
> [Carlos Alberto Lopez Perez]
>> Why Debian users should expect SMB, NFS and iSCSI to work out of the
>> box, but users of other distributions should not expect this?
> I have no idea if that is true, nor why it would be so if it was true.
> I care more about Debian users and scratching my own itch.  I would like
> Debian to be as good as it can be.
Yes, and I want the same.

Maybe we have different views on what is "be as good as it can be".

For me that means to have something as rock-solid and production-ready
as possible, that I can deploy on mission-critical servers without
fearing that I may not work ok.

For you it seems that is providing some extra features that upstream
don't provides. What I fear is that such extra features can introduce
some bug. Mainly because there are large patchsets that I don't feel
qualified for reviewing and that upstream has rejected.

If the extra feature was a killer one, then it may compensate the risk.

But I still fail to see why having support for NFS/SMB/iSCSI built-in
inside ZFS is a killer feature.
Can't you do the same with NFSv4, Samba or iscsitarget?
What functionality would you be missing without the support for this
built-in inside ZFS?

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