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SubjectRe: named streams, extended attributes, and posix
Mo McKinlay wrote:
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> Today, Michael Rothwell (rothwell@holly-springs.nc.us) wrote:
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> > The filesystem, when registering that it supports the "named streams"
> > namespace, could specify its preferred delimiter to the VFS as well.
> > Ext4 could use /directory/file/stream, and NTFS could use
> > /directory/file:stream.
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> Erk - nice from a programming point of view, horrible from a consistency
> one. The nice thing about VFS is that it provides a consistent abstract
> interface - I'd place a small amount of money on the fact that Al Viro
> would probably flame you to high heaven for that last suggestion if he was
> paying much attention to this thread :-)

Oh, undoubtedly. But NTFS already disallows several characters in valid
filenames. This also violates the "consistent abstract interface." But
it's reality.

-M
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