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SubjectRe: Ext2 zeros inode in directory entry when deleting files.
On Sun, Mar 17, 2002 at 03:20:19PM -0600, Oliver Xymoron wrote:
> On Sun, 17 Mar 2002, Mark Mielke wrote:
> > Out of curiosity... how would you mark the first entry in a directory
> > as 'deleted' under your suggestion?
> As it happens, the first entry tends to be '.'.

If this was a guarantee, I would assume that the initial two entries
could be optimized as two inodes.

> > Also, I'm not certain, but I suspect that the reclen vs namelen
> > difference allows the ext2(/3) format to be extended while minimizing
> > breakage to existing code. One day another field might be added to the
> > inode and any assumptions regarding the size of a record length would
> > limit such extensions. (One such field is currently the 'file type',
> > although, the file type does not actually use up any additional bytes)
> Doesn't matter, reclen still makes it a linked list, and we'd still skip
> over 'dead' entries, regardless of content.

If the extra bytes (reclen - namelen) *were* extra bits of file system
information, there would be no safe way of ensuring that the allocation
of a new directory entry didn't 'accidentally' overwrite these bytes.

Exactly how big should you assume reclen *really* is, if reclen
sometimes means the length of the record, and other times means a next
pointer offset?

mark

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