[linux-cifs-client] Re: pseudo-symlinks on directories

Steven French sfrench at us.ibm.com
Fri Oct 22 15:27:08 GMT 2004

> he cannot know that directory is linked.

He could, albeit awkwardly, if I export the dos attributes via a 
pseudo-xattr (they already get stored in the cifs vfs specific part of the 
inode) since the reparse point bit would be set there.  Note that Samba 
has talked about doing this too to save dos attrs (and would be something 
vfat, NTFS and a few others also export). 

As an alternative, the reparse info itself could be queried (the cifs vfs 
has the code necessary to query reparse info, but it is dead code in 2.6.9 
and later) whenever someone asks for xattr  such as "system.reparse_info" 
or some such.

Steve French
Senior Software Engineer
Linux Technology Center - IBM Austin
phone: 512-838-2294
email: sfrench at-sign us dot ibm dot com

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