Anthony G. Basile posted on Thu, 01 Dec 2011 11:08:37 -0500 as excerpted:
> I've been doing some experimental work with PaX enabled kernels
> The disadvantage is that xattrs is not supported on all filesystems
> b) Kernels 3.0 and above support xattrs in tmpfs, squashfs and other
[I debated sending this offlist as my interest isn't entirely on-topic,
but as I wrote it up, it became apparent that the question itself isn't
as off-topic as I thought, so on-list it stayed.]
TL;DR: reiserfs (v3), for both caps and XT_PAX ??
Longer: Does reiserfs (v3) support xattrs and thus, presumably caps and
XT_PAX? Kernel reiserfs options suggest yes, but everything I've read
elsewhere (including gentoo-dev caps project discussions) seems to
indicate no. Is the "no" simply outdated, since reiserfs xattrs support
was added relatively late in the game, or is it still correct and I have
the purpose of those kernel options all wrong, or ???
If both reiserfs and tmpfs (my $PORTAGE_TMPDIR) support xattrs, both caps
and XT_PAX should be good to go, correct?
Ignorable background: I've been running reiserfs since early in the
kernel 2.4 era, before switching to gentoo, and have had quite a good
experience on it since it got ordered journals by default (before that,
let's not talk about), despite a period with bad RAM that was hard-
crashing the system frequently, no UPS, and apparently missing barriers
until quite recently. I've even been stable when others had problems
with ext3 due to its writeback-by-default period. I intend to eventually
switch to btrfs but there's still more kernel churn there than I'm
comfortable with, especially running live-git kernels as I normally do,
and of course, it's still lacking a proper fsck (tho arguably reiserfs'
fsck support has always been "interesting" as well, and that's not such a
big deal given the backups I already keep based on pre-ordered era
My interest is therefore in whether USE=caps does people on reiserfs any
good or not, but the same concerns would appear to apply to XT_PAX on
reiserfs, as well.
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