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SubjectRe: silent semantic changes with reiser4
On Wed, Aug 25, 2004 at 01:22:55PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> And yes, the semantics can _easily_ be solved in very unixy ways.
>
> One way to solve it is to just realize that a final slash at the end
> implies pretty strongly that you want to treat it as a directory. So what
> you do is:
>
> - without the slash, a file-as-dir won't open with O_DIRECTORY (ENOTDIR)
> - with the slash, it won't open _without_ O_DIRECTORY (EISDIR)
>
> Problem solved. Very user-friendly, and very intuitive.

That would solve the O_DIRECTORY issue, the dentry aliasing still needs
work though with the semantics for link/unlink/rename.

Maybe Hans & you should start 2.7 to work this out? :)

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