FAT, NTFS, CIFS and DOS attributes

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Mon Jan 3 23:55:10 GMT 2005

Michael B Allen wrote:
>>Thus, I'd propose:
>>	system.dosattrib	- DOS attributes (single byte)
>>	system.dosshortname	- DOS short name (e.g. for VFAT)
> Oh, from the man page I thought 'system' attributes were "extended
> attributes to which ordinary processes should not have access". Is that
> not true? If it is true, how would an ordinary user change these attrs?


    Extended system attributes
        Extended system attributes are used by the kernel to store  sys-
        tem objects such as Access Control Lists and Capabilities.  Read
        and write access permissions to system attributes depend on  the
        policy  implemented  for  each  system  attribute implemented by
        filesystems in the kernel.

It's not *that* broken...


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