That's the heart of the matter to me.... but now XFS - a filesystem that didn't cripple correct applicatons - is getting a hard time because it doesn't follow the lead of a filesystem that did.
And yes, I know, technical excellence doesn't determine market success, and even the best contender must adapt or die when facing with an ill-informed market. So maybe XFS should adopt the extX model for rename even though it hurts performance in some cases - because if it doesn't people might choose not to use it - and who wants to be the best filesystem that nobody uses (though XFS is a long way from that fate).
So I'm just being a lone voice trying to teach the history and show people that the feature they like so much was originally a mistake and the programs that use it are actually incorrect (or at least not-portable) and maybe there are hidden costs in the thing they keep asking for..
I don't expect to be particularly successful, but that is no justification for being silent.
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