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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/7] cross rename
On 10/01/2013 09:00 AM, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
> This series adds a new syscall, renameat2(), which is the same as renameat() but
> with a flags argument. Internally i_op->reaname2() is also added, which can
> later be merged with ->rename() but is kept separately for now, since this would
> just blow up this patch without helping review.
> The purpose of extending rename is to add cross-rename, a symmetric variant of
> rename, which exchanges the two files. This allows interesting things, which
> were not possible before, for example atomically replacing a directory tree with
> a symlink, etc...

I would suggest it shouldn't be renameat2() but rather renameat3(), i.e.
rename file A -> B, if B exists rename B to C. It may not be desirable
to expose the stale B in the same namespace as A, but still want it to
be possible to scavenge it. Obviously, A=C is a valid subcase.


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