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    SubjectRe: PATCH - ext2fs privacy (i.e. secure deletion) patch wrote:
    > On Wed, 04 Feb 2004 12:05:07 EST, Bill Davidsen said:
    >>It would be useful to have this as a directory option, so that all files
    >>in directory would be protected. I think wherever you do it you have to
    >>prevent hard links, so that unlink really removes the data.
    > This of course implies that 'chattr +s' (or whatever it was) has to fail
    > if the link count isn't exactly one.

    Do you disagree that the count does need to be one?

    > Also makes for lots of uglyiness
    > if it's a directory option - you then have to walk all the entries in the
    > directory and check *their* link counts. Bad Juju doing it in the kernel
    > if you have a directory with a million entries - and racy as hell if you
    > do it in userspace.

    I agree with everything you said, "useful" doesn't always map to "easy."
    But if you agree that the count needs to be one on files, then you could
    also fail if you tried to add it to a directory which was not empty.

    In case I didn't make it clear, the use I was considering was to create
    a single directory in which created files would really go away when
    deleted. I hadn't considered doing it after files were present, what you
    say about overhead is clearly an issue. I think I could even envision
    some bizarre race conditions if the kernel had to do marking of each
    file, so perhaps it's impractical.

    But what happens when the 'setgid' bit is put on a directory? At least
    in 2.4 existing files do NOT get the group set, only files newly
    created. So unless someone feels that's a bug which needs immediate
    fixing, I can point to it as a model by which the feature could be
    practically implemented.


    bill davidsen <>
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    Doing interesting things with small computers since 1979
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