[PATCH 02/18] xstat: Add a pair of system calls to make extended file stats available [ver #6]

David Howells dhowells at redhat.com
Thu Jul 22 06:25:31 MDT 2010

Jan Engelhardt <jengelh at medozas.de> wrote:

> >> (8) Allow the filesystem to indicate what it can/cannot provide: A
> >>     filesystem can now say it doesn't support a standard stat feature if
> >>     that isn't available.
> >
> >What for?
> Given xstat.otime=0, how would you determine whether the file is really 
> tagged with a date of 1970, or whether it's just the fs which didnot 
> store this kind of information.

I was thinking more of stuff that's already in the Linux stat struct, some of
which is fabricated because the underlying fs doesn't support it.

Take RomFS for example: it fabricates all of st_mtime, st_atime, st_ctime,
st_nlinks, st_blocks, st_uid and st_gid because none of them are stored in the

Similarly, UbiFS fabricates st_blocks and complains in a comment that it makes
no sense for that type of filesystem.

There are other examples.


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