Recently seen in ACM Operating Systems Review (this is the first time
I've found as many as 1 interesting article in it in a while, and
there were 3 things I found worthwhile...):

NTT (of the recent "NTT Power Hour") have created a new filesystem:

NILFS is a log-structured file system developed for Linux.  

In effect, it provides the "moral equivalent" to MVCC for filesystems;
overwrites are equivalent to delete/insert, and requires a "Cleaner"
process in order to clean out formerly-used space.

It ought to have two merits over journalling filesystems:

 1.  It doesn't need to write data twice, which should improve

 2.  It doesn't need to repetitively overwrite metadata, which should
     improve crash safety.

On the latter, per the paper:

"... These journaling filesystems enable fast and consistent recovery
of the file system after unexpected system freezes or power
failures. However, they still allow the fatal destruction of the file
system due to the characteristic that recovery is realized by
overwriting meta data with their copies saved in a journal file.  This
recovery is guaranteed to work properly only if the write order of the
on-disk data blocks and meta data blocks is physically conserved on
the disk platters. Unfortunately, this constraint is often violated by
the write optimizations performed by the block I/O subsystem and disk

It's still at a somewhat early stage, as they haven't completed coding
the Cleaner.  (Probably should call it the Reaper... :-))

By the way, the Google SOC 2005 also produced one:

NetBSD used to have a LFS; has that gone anywhere?  Or been
essentially dropped?
let name="cbbrowne" and tld="" in String.concat "@" [name;tld];;
"I develop for  Linux for a living, I used to  develop for DOS.  Going
from DOS to Linux is like trading a glider for an F117."
-- <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Lawrence Foard

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