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SubjectRe: silent semantic changes with reiser4
On Thu, 2004-08-26 at 21:54, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> The S_ISDIR/S_ISREG tests show real information: it shows not only user
> intent ("you should consider this a file, even if it has attributes"), but
> also whether it is a directory or a container.
> And there's a real technical difference there: the streams contained
> within a file are bound to that file. The files contained within a
> directory are _independent_ of that directory. Big difference. HUGE
> difference.
> So it's not confusing. If it tests as a file, you think of it as a file.
> It may have attributes aka named streams associated with it, and you may
> be able to open those attributes by treating the file as a directory, but
> that doesn't really change the fact that it's a file.

What about the attributes/named streams of a directory though? If you
open it as a directory, you would get the files inside the directory.
So how do you get at the attributes and named streams of the directory
itself using this interface?

Best regards,

Anton Altaparmakov <aia21 at> (replace at with @)
Unix Support, Computing Service, University of Cambridge, CB2 3QH, UK
Linux NTFS maintainer / IRC: #ntfs on

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