CIFS: Rename bug on servers not supporting inode numbers

Björn JACKE bj at SerNet.DE
Fri Nov 4 05:16:36 MDT 2011

On 2011-11-03 at 15:20 +0000 Anton Altaparmakov sent off:
> Hi,
> Our CIFS server problems seem to have no end…  The Novell CIFS server does not support server inode numbers (when I try the mount option I get the message it is being turned off as server does not support it) and thus each inode gets a different number each time it is accessed and it gets a different number again for each readdir call.
> The fun happens with rename() when the rename source and target only differ in case, e.g.
> 	touch foo
> 	mv foo Foo

somehow related seems
(as long as kernel bugzilla is dead, see )

Case insensitive filesystems seem to be a problem in general on Linux. Not sure
how far kernel and/or glibc are involved in the problem. As a workaround for
the mess you need to do a temporary rename to a different name (not just a case
equivalent name).

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