Re: what is necessary for directory hard links

From: Bodo Eggert
Date: Sat Jul 22 2006 - 12:58:52 EST

Horst H. von Brand <vonbrand@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Joshua Hudson <joshudson@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> This patch is the sum total of all that I had to change in the kernel
>> VFS layer to support hard links to directories
> Can't be done, as it creates the possibility of loops.

Don't do that then?

> The "only files can
> be hardlinked" idea makes garbage collection (== deleting of unreachable
> objects) simple: Just check the number of references.
> Detecting unconnected subgraphs uses a /lot/ of memory; and much worse, you
> have to stop (almost) all filesystem activity while doing it.

In order to disconnect a directory, you'd have to empty it first, and after
emptying a directory, it won't be part of a loop. Maybe emtying is the
problem ...

This feature was implemented, and I asume it was removed for a reason.
Can somebody remember?
Ich danke GMX dafür, die Verwendung meiner Adressen mittels per SPF
verbreiteten Lügen zu sabotieren.
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