rename of hardlinked files

Peter Waechtler peter at
Fri May 28 07:07:51 GMT 2004

Am Freitag, 28. Mai 2004 06:15 schrieb Jeremy Allison:
> On Thu, May 27, 2004 at 10:44:11PM -0500, Steven French wrote:
> > One of the connectathon POSIX file subtests does a rename of fileA to
> > fileB where fileA and fileB are hardlinked.   For POSIX this is supposed
> > to be a noop, but Samba (and Windows) return STATUS_NAME_COLLISION which
> > causes the Linux cifs client (which does not realize that they are
> > hardlinked) to delete the target and retry the rename.   Since the rename
> > smb op (and the SMB NT Rename as well) only have a 16 bit attributes
> > field passed on the request, it does not look like the trick of passing
> > ATTR_POSIX_SEMANTICS would work (since it is an attribute flag in the
> > range above 64K which can only be passed in 32 bit attribute fields such
> > as what NTCreate allows).
> >
> > Ideas?
> Hmmm. A new UNIX_RENAME call ?

Don't delete the target name - just fail if it's not a directory.
Then it's the "app" that can decide: Overwrite? Yes -> the target gets deleted
(the name is unlinked, the source name still has link count of 1) and the
source is renamed.

How does the test look like?

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