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    SubjectRe: If not readdir() then what?

    On Apr 7 2007 16:36, Theodore Tso wrote:
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    >So how do we solve this problem? I can think of two solutions:
    >
    >1) Deprecate telldir/seekdir() altogether. Relatively few progams use
    >this functionality, and it is highly questionable how useful it is,
    >anyway. If you use telldir/seekdir and keep the cookie for a long
    >time, even the POSIX-provided guarantees about files that are created
    >and deleted between the telldir() and seekdir() points in time makes
    >its utility highly dubious.
    >
    >2) If application programs must have telldir/seekdir, than expand the
    >size of the cookie from 32-bits to a minimum of 128 bits, and
    >preferably larger --- say 512 bits, to accomodate systems that might
    >be using 512-bit variant of SHA-2. [...]

    Maybe a combination of both? That is, replace telldir by an
    independent emulation layer.


    Jan
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