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    SubjectRe: [prepatch] address_space-based writeback
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    On Tue, Apr 30, 2002 at 03:19:17PM -0200, Denis Vlasenko wrote:
    > Why do we have to stich to concept of inode *numbers*?
    > Because there are inode numbers in traditional Unix filesystems?

    probably because there is software out there relying on them being
    numbers and being able to do 'if(inum_a == inum_b) { same_file(); }'
    as appropriate. i can't think of a use for such a construct other than
    preserving hardlinks in archives (does tar do this?) but i'm sure there
    are others

    like much of unix it's been there forever and has become such a natural
    concept in people's heads that to change it now seems unthinkable.

    much like the missing e in creat().


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