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> Upgrading to ext4 is also not a rare edge case.

Ext4 has been stable for over a decade. It's been a default filesystem on many distributions. It was the default on RHEL 6[1] which was first released over 8 years ago, and the default for the ext variants after that. It's been in use in Debian since 6.0/Squeeze or later[2], which was 2011. It's been in use in Ubuntu since 9.10[3], released in late 2009.

To be clear, your argument is that it's not a rare edge case to have a filesystem that was originally only in common use as the default variant 6-8 years ago or more for the vast majority of installations, which has persisted and since been upgraded?

1: https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterp...

2: https://wiki.debian.org/FileSystem

3: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KarmicKoala/TechnicalOverview#ext4_b...

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