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    On Sat, 8 May 1999, Max Eskin wrote:

    > I am making a new Linux distribution called Dolphix (see bottom), which
    > will be somewhat different from Linux in general.

    I will comment on this in private.

    > I wish to install a file tracking system so that needed files aren't
    > erased. However, instead of doing it like RPM or dpkg, I wish to
    > directly modify unlink() and associated functions.

    I first understood what you mean when I read your specification. You mean
    that unlink() refuses to delete files which are marked as being required
    by the package manager.

    I must admit, the idea is very nice, but this means hard work. The first
    thing to think about is how to handle startup/shutdown situations where
    filesystems might not be available ("mount" and "umount" modify files in
    /etc, which basically means writing a new one and unlink()ing the old). A
    journaled filesystem would make things easier here (if the database is not
    available, only schedule files for removal).

    > However, I am a novice with C development. Please tell me, which file
    > should I look in for the unlink() function?

    You haven't even looked at the source yet, have you?

    Simon

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