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SubjectRe: silent semantic changes with reiser4
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Brad Boyer wrote:
| On Thu, Sep 02, 2004 at 10:48:46AM +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
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|>What I don't understand is the tie between Linux having such streams and
|>Windows doing it for Samba to work. Netatalk has always handle this for
|>Macintosh and portably. Presumably any Samba support would need to
|>handle OS's without wacky files for portability too ?
|
|
| I'm not 100% sure on the samba side, but I think there is a pretty
| significant difference. On the Mac, the problem of copying forks and
| metadata onto non-Mac systems was recognized early on. There are several
| standard formats for serialized versions of this data. If you take the
| files that netatalk writes and copy them directly to a Mac separately,
| there are tools that can convert them back to the original format with
| all the data intact. I've never seen such a thing for NTFS named streams.

I had an idea for how to solve this. Search the archives for
"serialization" or "serialize".

Basically, it involves creating a better interface to a better "dump".
You do
cat foo/serialize > foo.img
and send foo.img over the network. Or you just tell mutt/scp/whatever
to grab foo/serialize instead of foo. Can't be worse than a mac
resource fork, and it looks more user-friendly to me.
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