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SubjectRe: [PATCH] get/set FAT filesystem attribute bits
On Mon, 2005-01-03 at 13:35 -0800, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> Nicholas Miell wrote:
> > Instead of adding another ioctl, wouldn't an xattr be more appropriate?
> > For instance, system.fatattrs containing a text representation of the
> > attribute bits.
> >
> This really worries me, because it's not clear to me that Microsoft
> isn't going to add NTFS-style xattrs to FAT in the future. There is a
> very specific reason why they might want to do that: since they want to
> keep NTFS secret and proprietary, FAT is the published interchange
> format that other devices can use to exchange data with MS operating
> systems. If we then have overloaded the xattr mechanism, that would be
> very ugly.
> -hpa

That's why I put fatattrs in the system namespace, which is wholly owned
by the Linux kernel. Any theoretical FAT-with-xattrs variant would put
those xattrs in the user namespace.

On another note, NTFS-style xattrs (aka named streams) are unrelated to
Linux xattrs. A named stream is a separate file with a funny name, while
a Linux xattr is a named extension to struct stat.
Nicholas Miell <>

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