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SubjectRe: Your backup is unsafe!
Hi Khimenko.

>>> The whole vfat design is "disaster waiting to happen" :-/

>> The original design is, yes, but then, that came from Microsoft,
>> so what can one expect. The Linux implementation isn't too bad
>> in a lot of ways, but there are a few tweaks that are needed to
>> polish it up to the professional standards that Linus generally
>> requires.

> You can not workaround general flaws in design.

Certain Intel Pentium class chips had a "general flaw" in their
design that gained the nickname "F00F Bug", but Linux manages to
quite successfully work round the said problem. I can see no good
reason why the same shouldn't be true of the flaws in the VFAT
design.

> Linux has mostly the same problem with vfat as Win9X/WinNT
> itself.

There's no need to introduce additional flaws to the design. I
see the hidden filenames as an additional flaw that needs fixing,
although I agree with Alexander that the case of directories with
dual names needs careful consideration.

Best wishes from Riley.

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| There is something frustrating about the quality and speed of Linux |
| development, ie., the quality is too high and the speed is too high, |
| in other words, I can implement this XXXX feature, but I bet someone |
| else has already done so and is just about to release their patch. |
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* ftp://ftp.MemAlpha.cx/pub/rhw/Linux
* http://www.MemAlpha.cx/kernel.versions.html

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