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Date:	Fri, 27 Apr 2012 00:30:30 +0000
From:	"Myklebust, Trond" <Trond.Myklebust@...app.com>
To:	David Howells <dhowells@...hat.com>
CC:	Steve French <smfrench@...il.com>,
	"linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org>,
	"linux-nfs@...r.kernel.org" <linux-nfs@...r.kernel.org>,
	"linux-cifs@...r.kernel.org" <linux-cifs@...r.kernel.org>,
	"samba-technical@...ts.samba.org" <samba-technical@...ts.samba.org>,
	"linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org" <linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org>,
	"wine-devel@...ehq.org" <wine-devel@...ehq.org>,
	"kfm-devel@....org" <kfm-devel@....org>,
	"nautilus-list@...me.org" <nautilus-list@...me.org>,
	"linux-api@...r.kernel.org" <linux-api@...r.kernel.org>,
	"libc-alpha@...rceware.org" <libc-alpha@...rceware.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/6] Extended file stat system call

On Thu, 2012-04-26 at 22:57 +0100, David Howells wrote:
> Myklebust, Trond <Trond.Myklebust@...app.com> wrote:
> 
> > You are still not explaining why they need to know the values at all? If
> > the values are bogus, then don't return them, and don't set the flag
> > that says they are being returned.
> th
> What if the xstat() and struct xstat eventually becomes what userspace uses as
> stat() (as a wrapper) and struct stat (if such a thing is possible with glibc
> versioning)?  Do older programs that think they're using stat() and don't know
> about the extra fields available expect to see a useful value in st_ino?

Does it really matter whether it is the kernel or userland that is
responsible for faking up inode numbers? If userland wants to use
xstat() in order to fake up a stat() call, then it gets to take
responsibility for the results.

-- 
Trond Myklebust
Linux NFS client maintainer

NetApp
Trond.Myklebust@...app.com
www.netapp.com

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