Extended file stat: Splitting file- and fs-specific info?

Andreas Dilger adilger at dilger.ca
Wed May 9 07:51:21 MDT 2012

On 2012-05-09, at 6:25 AM, Bernd Schubert wrote:
> On 05/09/2012 02:05 PM, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
>> On Wed, May 09, 2012 at 01:55:16PM +0200, Bernd Schubert wrote:
>>> The basic idea of generation numbers is to check if an inode was
>>> recycled, so only if the tuple of inode-number and generation-number
>>> matches we still have the same file. Kernel nfs
>> NFS does not and should not look at the inode generation.  Except for a
>> bit of legacy code for the old pre-Linux 2.4 filehandles it looks at the
>> opaque file handle returned and only interpreted by the filesystem.  Any
>> userspace NFS server should do the same.
> Ok, I didn't look how kernel NFS does it for quite some time already...
> User space NFS only can do it beginning with 2.6.39 - given that user space also needs to support older kernels and other OSs, which might not have open_by_handle, userspace unfortunately cannot entirely rely on that feature.

But even fewer kernels have sys_statxat() in them (i.e. none), so you can rely on that even less than open_by_handle()...

Cheers, Andreas

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