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SubjectRe: reiser4 (was Re: [PATCH] Revised extended attributes interface)
Anton Altaparmakov wrote:

>On Wed, 12 Dec 2001, Hans Reiser wrote:
>
>>Anton Altaparmakov wrote:
>>
>>>I was just stating a fact of how they are stored on NTFS, again something
>>>I have no power to change.
>>>
>>But does NTFS specificism/cripplism belong in VFS?
>>
>
>No, of course not. But the vfs needs to be able to cope with limitations
>of specific file systems (even if it is only by passing -Exyz into
>userspace).
>
We agree on this, I have no opposition to NTFS checking size of files
used to store EAs and rejecting any write more than 64k

>
>
>>>>Well, gosh, okay, maybe you want to prepend ',,' to streams and '..' to
>>>>extended attributes. I personally think Linux would only want to do so
>>>>when used as a fileserver emulating NTFS/SAMBA. There is no enhancement
>>>>of user functionality from doing it for general purpose filesystems.
>>>>
>>>Just wait until this functionality is available and watch all GUI things
>>>start to use it en masse! I don't doubt that GNOME/KDE/replace with your
>>>favourite window manager are going to hesitate to start putting in the
>>>icon, the name, and whatnot inside EAs or inside named streams the instant
>>>they are ubiquitously available and I think that makes a lot of sense too.
>>>No doubt I will get flamed for saying this but all flames go to
>>>/dev/null...
>>>
>>>Both MacOS and as of recently Windows do this kind of stuff, too, and it
>>>can't be long before Linux goes the same way, provided file systems
>>>support the required features (i.e. EAs and/or named streams) so I
>>>disagree with you this is only a compatibility thing. It might start out
>>>as one but it will find real world applications very quickly...
>>>
>>I am not saying that the features of EAs are not useful, I am saying
>>that I want to choose them individually for particular files.
>>
>>It could be so much better to have EDIBLE_PIZZA (example from previous
>>email) instead of just PIZZA, sigh.
>>
>
>I am not quite sure what you mean. Surely you can just have all features
>available at all times/to all files and then you just use the ones you
>want, just ignoring/not using the rest. Why do you see the need for
>"selecting features of EAs individually for particular files"? It makes
>sense when buying EDIBLE_PIZZA but I don't see how that can be transferred
>onto files. After all I can just have all pizza ingredients and only put
>the ones I want on the pizza just ignoring the others.
>
Inheriting stat data from the parent directory should be a feature
available not just for streams, but for all files that want it.
Efficient small file access to a 32 byte file should be a feature
available to all files, not just EAs. Not being listed in readdir
should be a feature available to all files, not just EAs. Constraining
what is written to them should be a feature available to all files, not
just EAs, and arbitrary plugin based constraints should be possible.

Is this more clear?

Hans



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