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

> At 12:02 12/12/01, Hans Reiser wrote:
>> Anton Altaparmakov wrote:
>>> On Wed, 12 Dec 2001, Hans Reiser wrote:
>>>> Anton Altaparmakov wrote:
>>>>> 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?
> Yes it is, thanks. And yes it makes sense. But this is talking about
> files as a whole and has nothing to do with EAs as such (but it would
> obviously apply to EAs, too under your proposed API).

There would be no need for EAs if files as a whole could have these
properties, as EAs would just be particular files with particular
properties within a directory/file object.

> I will be looking forward to seeing this stuff implemented. (-:
> Anton

If Linux users get really unlucky, which seems likely, :-/, 2.6 will
take as long as 2.4, in which case I think we will complete the task in
plenty of time for 2.6, and we can ask Linus which implementation he
prefers before he has committed to one in a stable release.


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