The creator of Linux file system called OS X worst in the world, and developers Apple – «monkey»




Finnish programmer Linus Torvalds, creator of the free operating system Linux, called the file system HFS +, which works with OS X, the worst in the world. It is reported by ITC with reference to the developer blog on Google+.


Discussion of the HFS + file system in the social network began after Git developers have found it a serious problem. Apparently, as NTFS, HFS + and is not case sensitive, and this creates problems. Some time ago, the developers had to release a new version of Git, which only fixes problems with Windows and OS X.

In this case we are talking about a critical vulnerability CVE-2014-9390 in Git, which allows to execute arbitrary commands on the client. Appropriate corrections came a few weeks ago. Linus Torvalds gave a detailed commentary on this issue, and explained why HFS +, in his opinion, is the worst of the file system.

“Frankly, HFS + is the worst of all existing file systems. For God’s sake, what is this … Do NTFS had similar problems with the standardization of the UTF-8 (ie, the use of alternative forms of slash, etc.). I believe they are, at least, to eliminate them. Problems OS X, it seems, are fundamental. ”

“The main problem HFS + is not how imperfect it is a file system, and that it is actively developed as a bad file system by people who considered their ideas are good. Case-insensitive – terribly bad idea, and Apple could fix it. But they did not. Instead, they decided to double down and actively spread their idea – a very, very bad – on Unicode », – Linus Torvalds wrote in his Google+.

At this Torvalds decided not to stop and called a few unsuccessful, in his view, the decisions adopted against Apple HFS +, including problems with the normalization algorithm NFD. As a result, he concluded that the Cupertino-based company probably has entrusted the writing of file system code monkeys.

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