Re: [PATCH 00/13] overlay filesystem: request for inclusion (v16)

From: George Spelvin
Date: Wed Mar 20 2013 - 15:41:16 EST

Sorry for being so very late to the party, but rather than messing
with xattrs, why not just have a specific file (say, default /.whiteout,
but selectable via a mount option) and links to it are counted as
whiteout entries?

All you need to do is resolve the link (it's probably a good idea
to allow symlinks to avoid hard-link count limits) and compare the
fs and inode number.

It's kind of hackish, but it could be done on pretty much *any* Unix
file system. VFAT would be SOL, but that's probably acceptable.

(Any security options on mount point crossing or consistent ownership
of symlinks that you want to impose would probably be of general VFS
use, and again, not FS-specific.)
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