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    SubjectRe: silent semantic changes with reiser4
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    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
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    Anton Altaparmakov <aia21 at cam.ac.uk> (replace at with @)
    Unix Support, Computing Service, University of Cambridge, CB2 3QH, UK
    Linux NTFS maintainer / IRC: #ntfs on irc.freenode.net
    WWW: http://linux-ntfs.sf.net/, http://www-stu.christs.cam.ac.uk/~aia21/

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