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SubjectRe: NFSv4 ACLs (was: ...ACL's and reiser...)
You can implement the code such that true inheritance occurs without requiring complete scanning up
to the root, and we will for reiserfs.

Hans

"Theodore Y. Ts'o" wrote:
>
> "Albert D. Cahalan" <acahalan@cs.uml.edu>:
> > Michael Gerdts writes:
> >
> > > When implementing ACL's please read over section 5.9 of the NFSv4 draft.
> > > http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-nfsv4-07.txt
> > >
> > > By designing ACL's (and other things) to work well with NFSv4 from the
> > > start, reiserfs will likely have a leg up on the competition inside and
> > > outside of the Linux arena for being able to support NFSv4.
> >
> > Wow, that is almost pure NT 4.0, with 4 of 7 authors being from Sun!
> > The only difference is that the 17 access mask bits are all specific;
> > there is no concept of mapping generic bits to object-specific bits.
> > The inheritance, types, and scanning algorithm are all from NT.
>
> No, it's not pure NT, for which we can be very thankful. In particular,
> it's not the case that you have to scan up the entire directory
> hierarchy looking to see which ACL's might apply to a particular file.
> Access control entries only apply apply to the current directory or
> file, and while certain ACE's can be marked as be "inheritable" in a
> directory, it only applies to newly created files, not all files
> underneath that directory.
>
> (In NT, if "bob" is given access to /usr, the he has access to /usr/lib,
> /usr/local, /usr/bin, /usr/etc, /usr/home/tytso/Mail, etc. You have to
> scan all of the ACL's up to the root whenever you make an access
> decision. This is slow and painful, and doesn't have much semantic
> meaning in the presence of hard links --- which NT doesn't have.)
>
> - Ted
>
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