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SubjectRe: If not readdir() then what?
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On Wed, 2007-04-11 at 07:37 +1000, Neil Brown wrote:
> On Tuesday April 10, trond.myklebust@fys.uio.no wrote:
> > On Wed, 2007-04-11 at 07:12 +1000, Neil Brown wrote:
> > >
> > > Is there something that makes that interface problematic?
> >
> > File deletions...
>
> How are they a problem ?
>
> There are only two ways to organise a directory.
> 1/ Unsorted linear list of entries in which no repacking is ever done.
> 2/ Some data structure using an ordered search key that is based on
> the filename (e.g. a B-tree with a search key that is a hash of the
> filename).
>
> In the first case, you just use a fixed opaque cookie for location in
> a directory.
> In the second you use the filename. If the file has been deleted,
> that shouldn't stop you finding the place where it would have been in
> the overall sort order.

I beg to differ. RAMFS is an instance of a filesystem which uses an
unsorted linear list of entries which is automatically repacked when you
delete a file.

You may also have filesystems which are only partially sorted. The
dcache is for instance organised as a hashtable with multiple entries
per bucket...

Cheers
Trond

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