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    SubjectRe: Msdos name alias patch for 2.1.48
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    On Thu, 7 Aug 1997, Janos Farkas wrote:

    > On Wed, Aug 06, 1997 at 10:12:04AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
    > [ Andreas Schwab writes:]
    > > > A better approach might perhaps be if xxx_lookup not only
    > > > creates the dentry for the original name, but also for a `canonical' name,
    > > > ie., the name it would return in xxx_readdir.
    > >
    > > I've been thinking along a slightly different line.
    > >
    > > What could be done is that "lookup" will just match any of the canonical
    > > names, but when it notices that it has matched the same inode twice, it
    > > just throws away the new dentry and returns the old dentry instead. That
    > > way only one dentry would ever be active at a time.
    There should be only one canonical name for FS's like vfat and for that
    Linus's suggestion is proper, but the matching should never be done by
    inode.
    >
    > Hmm.. That would make dentries less and less useful, in my eyes. Currently,
    > they at least try to imitate Unix (single inode -> multiple dentry possible).
    > The scheme above would mean it would be impossible to differentiate between
    > hard links (or at least their names from their dentries). And for nfs, even
    > more difficulties may come if someone renames a still-in-use file remotely?
    >
    > At least only one of them would live, just as well as if it was hardlinked?
    >
    > --
    > Janos - Don't worry, my address works. I'm just bored of spam.
    >

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    pub 768/8B29D4BD 1997/07/23 Fila Kolodny <fila@ibi.com>
    Fila Kolodny <filak@idt.net>

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