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SubjectRe: vfat patch for shortcut display as symlinks for 2.4.18


On Wed, 12 Jun 2002, Francois Gouget wrote:

> On Wed, 12 Jun 2002, Stevie O wrote:
> [...]
> > With it came a brand new type of symlink. Instead of relying on some
> > special bitflag in the inode (as it appears on disk, anyway) to mark
> > these symlinks as such, they are instead regular files that are marked
> > as symlinks by the last four characters in the filename being ".lnk".
> >
> > This new method of storing symlinks is extremely useful -- it allows
> > one to create symlinks on a number of filesystems that you couldn't
> > before, because those filesystems have nowhere to store a 'S_IFLNK'
> > flag.
> [...]
> > Now comes my argument for putting it into the VFS.
>
> Yes, this would be much more useful. Mainly because it would make it
> usable on more filesystems: VFAT, NTFS, ISO9660, etc.

Vetoed. Consider what happens if you rename such file, for one thing.

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