lkml.org 
[lkml]   [2002]   [Apr]   [30]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
 
Messages in this thread
    /
    Date
    From
    SubjectRe: [prepatch] address_space-based writeback
    [ cc list trimmed ]

    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().

    j.

    --
    R N G G "Well, there it goes again... And we just sit
    I G G G here without opposable thumbs." -- gary larson
    -
    To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
    the body of a message to majordomo@vger.kernel.org
    More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html
    Please read the FAQ at http://www.tux.org/lkml/

    \
     
     \ /
      Last update: 2005-03-22 13:25    [W:0.026 / U:63.048 seconds]
    ©2003-2016 Jasper Spaans. hosted at Digital OceanAdvertise on this site