Standards, the kernel, and Postfix
Posted Aug 23, 2008 0:04 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
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Perhaps this indicates the need for a 'delete' system call which makes sure a file is really
You're talking about a fundamentally different file model, then. Something like VMS, where directories are an independent layer above the flat filesytem. Or like NTFS where files actually have names so you don't have a somewhat separate lookup facility (directory tree) for them.
Or even just a world where only one link to a file is allowed.
I think those would all be preferable to what we have, but if you're interested in something that can be compatibly glued on to what exists, then some kind of "delete" system call probably isn't better than just truncating the file to nothing.
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