More notes on reiser4
Posted Sep 2, 2004 21:51 UTC (Thu) by iabervon
Parent article: More notes on reiser4
There are a number of different things going on. First is that the things Reiser4 puts in the attribute space of a file seem to me to be virtual files, in the sense that they replicate existing metadata in the filesystem in a different namespace. Obviously, "echo test > CREDITS/metas/rwx" shouldn't act like that were an ordinary file, and "mv CREDITS/metas/uid CREDITS/metas/gid" doesn't make any sense. Likewise, "ln CREDITS/metas/rwx MAINTAINERS/metas/rwx" seems like it shouldn't be expected to succeed. There's just more expressive power available in the filesystem interface than can be logically supported. The operations which are, from the point of view of the VFS, problematic seem to me to be exclusively ones which Reiser4's use of an extended namespace over files should prohibit anyway.
It seems to me like prohibiting all the tricky operations in the attribute space would be fine. It's not like Reiser4 gets rid of directories and makes everything equivalent to attributes of the filesystem root.
It should be fine to also prohibit file/.. (which would cause problems with hard-linked files; the same file can be in multiple directories).
I think the more serious problem is how to distinguish the attributes of a directory (which is information about the directory) from the contents of the directory (which is really information about the contents). Personally, I think dir/.../attribute is best, since all of the cases in which I've heard of "..." being used, it hasn't been for files in directories.
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