Displaying streams as xattrs

Jeremy Allison jra at samba.org
Mon May 22 16:21:27 UTC 2023

On Mon, May 22, 2023 at 01:39:50AM -0500, Steve French wrote:
>On Sun, May 21, 2023 at 11:33 PM ronnie sahlberg
><ronniesahlberg at gmail.com> wrote:
>> A problem  we have with xattrs today is that we use EAs and these are
>> case insensitive.
>> Even worse I think windows may also convert the names to uppercase :-(
>> And there is no way to change it in the registry :-(
>But for alternate data streams if we allowed them to be retrieved via xattrs,
>would case sensitivity matter?  Alternate data streams IIRC are already
>case preserving.   Presumably the more common case is for a Linux user
>to read (or backup) an existing alternate data stream (which are usually
>created by Windows so case sensitivity would not be relevant).

Warning Will Robinson ! Mixing ADS and xattrs on the client side is a receipe for
confusion and disaster IMHO.

They really are different things. No good will come of trying to mix
the two into one client namespace.

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