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Btrfs-Progs To Be Updated In Tandem With The Kernel

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Published on 02 January 2014 12:19 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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Chris Mason intends to update the btrfs-progs user-space utilities for the Btrfs file-system in conjunction with new stable Linux kernel releases.

The lead Btrfs developer, who is now being employed by Facebook along with other Btrfs developers, quietly announced the release policy change a few weeks ago on the developers' mailing list.

At the time of announcing it he also called the Btrfs-Progs 3.12 release for use in conjunction with the Linux 3.12 stable kernel release.

Mason wrote on the mailing list, "The new idea is that instead of making the poor distros pull from git, I'll be creating tagged releases at roughly the same pace as Linus cuts kernels. Given the volume of btrfs-progs patches, we should have enough new code and fixes to justify releases at least as often as the kernel."

The Btrfs programs are maintained via this Git repository. While it was missing at first, Btrfs has had its repair tool / fsck support available since 2012.

For those curious about the performance of Btrfs from the latest kernel I do have HDD benchmarks and SSD benchmarks from multiple file-systems on the Linux 3.13 development kernel.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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