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Re: making GNU ls -i (--inode) work around the linux readdir bug

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: making GNU ls -i (--inode) work around the linux readdir bug
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008 13:52:31 +0200

Phillip Susi <address@hidden> wrote:
> Jim Meyering wrote:
>> From what I've read, POSIX does not specify this.
>> If you know of wording that is more precise, please post a quote.
> That was my point.... the standard does not specify that this behavior
> is an error, and since every unix system since the dawn of time has
> behaved this way, it is NOT an error as you claim.
>> As far as I've heard, only one application would be affected
>> adversely by this change (extra stat calls would hurt performance),
>> and that application, "magicmirror" is not widely used -- since I
>> found no reference to it in the first few pages of search results.
> EVERY application that invokes ls -i is effected.

Please name one.

>> If you know of other applications that run "ls -i" and depend on
>> the post-coreutils-6.0 behavior of not stat'ing some files,
>> please let me know.

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