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SubjectRe: [RFC 12/26] ext2 white-out support
On Tue, Jul 31, Andreas Dilger wrote:

> On Jul 31, 2007 09:44 +0200, Jan Blunck wrote:
> > Ok, this is pretty similar to the way I implemented this for tmpfs. The
> > problem is that the union mount code is explicitly checking if the filesystem
> > is supporting whiteout. I used to use a new filesystem flag (FS_WHITEOUT) for
> > this but thought that disk filesystem like ext2/3/4 will have problem with
> > that if you mount an old image. So I guess I still need a feature flag.
> You also need whiteout support for extents. This could be done with
> unwritten extents potentially, or as I previously proposed (RFC) in
> linux-ext4.

Maybe. But this is about something totally different: a whiteout filetype, an
existing file that when it is found make the VFS return -ENOENT.

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