OS/2 extended attributes

Andrew Tridgell tridge at samba.org
Tue Feb 23 22:57:20 GMT 1999

> Does anybody know if there are plans to store extended attributes
> on with smb. Since Novell has managed to do so it should be
> doable with samba.
> I'd be interested in implementing eas if someone could give a
> clue where to start with.

The problem is that we don't have the luxury of extending the
underlying filesystem, like Novell does.

Ideally, we want to convince the client that the server is not EA
capable and that it should maintain it's own EAs for files (probably
storing them in some well known but obscurely named file in the
directory). I don't know if that is possible. I'd suggest you do some
tests with a FAT filesystem on an NT server and a OS/2 client and try
to see how that works. Do EAs work in that situation? If so, how?

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