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SubjectRe: FS: hardlinks on directories
On Monday 04 August 2003 18:34, Stephan von Krawczynski wrote:
> On Mon, 4 Aug 2003 16:16:39 -0500
> Jesse Pollard <> wrote:
> > > > You ask for examples of applications? There are millions! Anything
> > > > that walks the directory tree for a start, e.g. ls -R, find,
> > > > locatedb, medusa, du, any type of search and/or indexing engine,
> > > > chown -R, cp -R, scp -R, chmod -R, etc...
> > >
> > > There is a flaw in this argument. If I am told that mount --bind does
> > > just about what I want to have as a feature then these applictions must
> > > have the same problems already (if I mount braindead). So an
> > > implementation in fs cannot do any _additional_ damage to these
> > > applications, or not?
> >
> > Mount -bind only modifies the transient memory storage of a directory. It
> > doesn't change the filesystem. Each bind occupies memory, and on a
> > reboot, the bind is gone.
> What kind of an argument is this? What difference can you see between a
> transient loop and a permanent loop for the applications? Exactly zero I
> guess. In my environments nil boots ought to happen.

simple .. tar --one-file-system will not process past a mount point.

> This is the reason why I would in fact be satisfied with mount -bind if
> only I could export it via nfs...

it's a MOUNT point. NFS doesn't export across mount points just as it doesn't
allow exporting a NFS mounted directory.

> > > My saying is not "I want to have hardlinks for creating a big mess of
> > > loops inside my filesystems". Your view simply drops the fact that
> > > there are more possibilities to create and use hardlinks without any
> > > loops...
> >
> > been there done that, is is a "big mess of loops".
> >
> > And you can't prevent the loops either, without scanning the entire
> > graph, or keeping a graph location reference embeded with the file.
> Or marking the links as type links somehow.
> > Which then breaks "mv" for renaming directories... It would then have to
> > scan the entire graph again to locate a possble creation of a loop, and
> > regenerate the graph location for every file.
> There should be no difference if only a hardlink is simply marked as such
> by any kind of marker you possibly can think of.

think about what happens with a "rm -rf name". If there are two parents you
cant remove the other parents link without first finding it. hard links
do not have a marker.
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