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    SubjectRe: PATCH - ext2fs privacy (i.e. secure deletion) patch
    Hi!

    > >Perhaps this should still be controlled by (chattr(1)) [its already
    > >documented, just not yet implemented].
    > >
    > > When a file with the `s' attribute set is deleted, its blocks
    > > are zeroed and written back to the disk.
    > >
    > >...at which point config option is not really neccessary.
    > >
    >
    > You're not the first person to mention this to me, Pádraig, brought this
    > up on the day I posted. I certainly thing the 's' options should be
    > implemented, however for a privacy patch I believe that the user
    > shouldn't have to intervene to ensure a file is securely erased. It
    > makes more sense to me, as a lazy person, that the file system should be
    > set to always remove the file content... that way the user doesn't need
    > to get involved.
    >
    > All that said, the user's content is something that the user could be
    > considered responsible for erasing themselves. The meta-data is the part
    > of the file which they dont' have access to, so having privacy
    > capabilities for meta-data erasure is a requirement. User data
    > erasure... I can take it or leave it. I think it should be automatic if
    > at all, but I'm not really that bothered about it.

    Well, doing it on-demand means one less config option, and possibility
    to include it into 2.7... It should be easy to have tiny patch forcing
    that option always own for your use...
    Pavel
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