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[task #5503] extended attributes

From: Thomas Schwinge
Subject: [task #5503] extended attributes
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 00:47:45 +0200
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                 Summary: extended attributes
                 Project: The GNU Hurd
            Submitted by: tschwinge
            Submitted on: Friday 04/28/06 at 00:47
                Category: The GNU Hurd
         Should Start On: Friday 04/28/06 at 00:00
   Should be Finished on: Friday 04/28/06 at 00:00
                Priority: 5 - Normal
                  Status: None
                 Privacy: Public
             Assigned to: None
        Percent Complete: 0%
             Open/Closed: Open
                  Effort: 0.00



Taking the ext2 file system and passive translators as an example, a passive
translator is currently stored in a system specific field in the file system.
 This is why we have to set the ``creator os'' field to ``hurd'' when creating
an ext2 file system where we want to be able to store passive translators on.

If support for extended attributes were implemented, doing that special
handling would no longer be necessary: we could just use a standard extended
attribute for storing passive translators.  This would for example also mean
that they can easily be accessed and modified from other operating systems
through standard measures.

This task is about implementing that as described for the ext2 file system
and making up a plan for a painless transition.


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