OpenSUSE Tumblewed Planning To Finally End ReiserFS Support

Written by Michael Larabel in SUSE on 7 August 2022 at 03:38 PM EDT. 19 Comments
SUSE had been one of the big supporters of ReiserFS two decades ago when it was using the ReiserFS file-system by default but that practice ended in 2006. While SUSE/openSUSE hasn't defaulted to ReiserFS for many years, it has remained an install-time option and retained support for mounting ReiserFS file-systems, but that practice is likely soon ending.

With Linux 5.18 having deprecated ReiserFS and plans to remove that kernel code entirely in 2025, SUSE is finally discussing plans for removing support for this out-of-date file-system.

It's been a long time since ReiserFS has been relevant on SUSE/openSUSE or other Linux distributions.

Jeff Mahoney as the Director of SUSE Labs Data & Performance laid out plans on Friday for phasing out ReiserFS. His proposal is on removing the ReiserFS package from openSUSE Tumbleweed immediately and to also disable the ReiserFS kernel support immediately.

That immediate action is for the rolling-release openSUSE Tumbleweed while on the openSUSE Leap / SUSE Linux Enterprise side obviously it's not likely to see any changes until their next major releases down the line.

The plans for dropping ReiserFS on openSUSE Tumbleweed can be found on opensuse-factory.

Modern openSUSE installations default to the Btrfs and XFS file-systems that have a much more advanced and modern feature set compared to ReiserFS.
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