> Wouldn't it be cool to have an extended attribute for files called
> "Copy on Write", so then you could hardlink all duplicate files
> together, but when a file is modified a copy is transparently created.
> The only problem I see with this is that you wouldn't have enough
> space to store a copy of a file, what would you do in this case, just
> return an error on write?
Yep. write(2) is allowed to return -ENOSPC, even when you're not extending
the file you're writing to. Think about holes and log-structured
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