FAT, NTFS, CIFS and DOS attributes

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Tue Jan 4 01:50:22 GMT 2005

tridge at samba.org wrote:
> That API would make sense, but I didn't really expect the kernel to
> provide it. What I expected to happen was for Samba4 to use the xattr
> blobs like it does now, hopefully for Wine to learn to interpret those
> same blobs, for backup/restore apps to learn to backup/restore them
> (as blobs, with no interpretation) and for the proposed Samba LSM
> module to do the dirty work of interpreting the contents of these
> blobs in-kernel to provide raceless windows file serving. 

Right, but here we're talking about exposing the guts of a DOS-based 
filesystem so they can be manipulated by an application which isn't 
necessarily a bulk file handler.  The API doesn't really work for that, 
especially since some of the attributes have different access properties 
from the others.


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