copy-on-write files

Joel Becker Joel.Becker at
Mon May 11 17:53:27 GMT 2009

On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 12:08:17PM -0500, Steve French wrote:
> Joel,
> Looking at your documentation for the new "reflink" syscall (to create
> copy-on-write files):
> Have you looked at whether this is close enough to the existing (e.g.
> Windows NTFS) copy-on-write syntax/feature so that we could use it
> under Samba (and on the client side from cifs and in the future smb2).
>   Windows added copy-on-write about 9 or 10 years ago and uses it
> extensively. although I have not researched enough to see what
> creating these would look like over the network.

	I didn't know NTFS had it, I don't know the syntax and behavior,
and I wonder where Windows uses it (I haven't encountered it on Windows
machines, but perhaps it is hidden).  Do you have a pointer to any
non-encumbered documentation about the feature?



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Joel Becker
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