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hard links to directories

hard links to directories

Posted Sep 15, 2007 14:59 UTC (Sat) by sflintham (guest, #47422)
In reply to: hard links to directories by nix
Parent article: The many faces of fsck

For what it's worth, and assuming I haven't misunderstood, Acorn's RISC OS had/has the concept of thing-which-is-a-file-and-directory. There were programs that made things like zip files behave as if they were a directory, and IIRC when another program asked the OS 'is this a file or a directory', it returned a bitmap where (say) bit 1 signalled 'this is a file' and 2 'this is a directory', and both would be set. Naturally this slightly broke programs that were written before they added this feature which just checked for a 1 or 2 value, but I don't remember it causing too many problems.

Not trying to argue a case for or against making the change in Linux here, just thought I'd drop this in...

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