Re: reiser4 (was Re: [PATCH] Revised extended attributes interface)

From: Andrew Pimlott (
Date: Thu Dec 13 2001 - 10:27:29 EST

On Thu, Dec 13, 2001 at 12:23:46PM +0300, Hans Reiser wrote:
> Andrew Pimlott wrote:
> >First, I write a desktop application that wants to save an HTML file
> >along with some other object that contains the name of the creating
> >application. The latter can go anywhere you want, except in the
> >same stream as the HTML file. The user has requested that the
> >filename be /home/user/foo.html , and expects to be able to FTP this
> >file to his ISP with a standard FTP program. What calls does my
> >application make to store the HTML and the application name? If the
> >answer is different depending on whether /home/user is NTFS or
> >reiserfs4, explain both ways.
> >
> Are you sure that standard ftp will be able to handle extended
> attributes without modification?

No, the ftp program only needs to transfer the HTML part.

> One approach is to create a plugin called ..archive that when read is a
> virtual file consisting of an archive of everything in the directory.

Ok, does this mean that every directory in the filesystem (or in
some part of it) will automatically have a node ..archive?
Presumably, it will not appear in directory listings, but can be
read but not written to? Does this mean that a legacy application
(pathological as it may be) that expects to be able to create a file
called ..archive will fail?

Or do you mean that the application would explicitly create the node
associated with this plugin?

> It would be interesting I think to attach said plugin to standard
> directories by default along with several other standard plugins like
>, etc.

Anyway, you didn't answer the part I really care about. What calls
does the application make to store the HTML and the "extended
attribute"? You can pick whatever conventions you want, just give
me an example.

> >Second, I booted NT and created a directory in the NTFS filesystem
> >called /foo . In the directory, I created a file called bar. I
> >also created a named stream called bar, and an extended attribute
> >called bar. Now I boot Linux. What calls do I make to see each of
> >the three objects called bar?
> >
> You access /foo/bar, /foo/bar/,,bar, /foo/ by name.

How do I access the file called (created in NT) in the
directory /foo?

(Anton, does NTFS define any reserved filename characters, or only

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