Re: Finding hardlinks

From: Benny Halevy
Date: Thu Dec 28 2006 - 10:25:35 EST

Arjan van de Ven wrote:
>> It seems like the posix idea of unique <st_dev, st_ino> doesn't
>> hold water for modern file systems
> are you really sure?

Well Jan's example was of Coda that uses 128-bit internal file ids.

> and if so, why don't we fix *THAT* instead

Hmm, sometimes you can't fix the world, especially if the filesystem
is exported over NFS and has a problem with fitting its file IDs uniquely
into a 64-bit identifier.

> rather than adding racy
> syscalls and such that just can't really be used right...

If the syscall is working on two pathnames I agree there might be a race
that isn't different from calling lstat() on each of these names
before opening them. But I'm not sure I see a race if you operate on two
open file descriptors (compared to fstat()ing both of them)

On the nfs side, if the client looked up two names (or opened them over nfsv4)
and has two filehandles in hand, asking the server whether they refer to the
same object isn't racy.

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