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    SubjectRe: silent semantic changes with reiser4


    On Sat, 28 Aug 2004, Andries Brouwer wrote:
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    > If I see it correctly, you want to group a file and some
    > ancillary files together.
    >
    > The Unix way would be to make a directory and put them all there:
    > xterm/xterm
    > xterm/xterm.icon
    >
    > But you are unsatisfied and want
    > xterm
    > xterm/xterm.icon
    >
    > As long as we agree that the latter really means the former,
    > there are no problems in finding out what should happen.
    >
    > The conclusion is, that a directory carries an additional bit
    > that says "if I am opened as a regular file then use the file
    > of the same name inside".
    >
    > Now there is no attribute space, just a shorthand.

    It's more than a shorthand, though. _Much_ more.

    There's the small issue of atomicity and locking.

    There's the small issue of hardlinks.

    Both of those are why it would need special support.

    Linus
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