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    SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] VFS interface for extended attributes
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    Hi, sorry for jumping into this a little late, but...

    On November 16, 2001 12:18 am, Nathan Scott wrote:
    > > What is the distinction between "set" and "replace" or "set" and "create"?
    >
    > +#define EA_CREATE 0x0001 /* Set the value: fail if attr already exists */
    > +#define EA_REPLACE 0x0002 /* Set the value: fail if attr does not exist */
    >
    > Whereas "set" is simply set the named attribute value, creating the
    > attribute if need be, replacing the value if the attribute exists,
    > and then return success.

    What is the purpose of these distinctions? Does anyone rely on them? Do such
    distinctions exist in an existing implementation?

    Thanks.

    Daniel

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