Re: directory order of files

From: Hans Reiser (
Date: Fri Jun 29 2001 - 04:25:08 EST

Edmund GRIMLEY EVANS wrote:
> With Linux ext2, and some other systems, when you create files in a
> new directory, the file system remembers their order:
> $ mkdir new
> $ cd new
> $ touch one two three four
> $ ls -U
> one two three four
> (1) Is there any standard that says a system should behave this way?
> Is there any software that depends on this behaviour?

Unix filesystem hierarchies are defined to be a partial ordering, not a full ordering.

> (2) Are there Linux file systems that don't work this way? Maybe
> someone with a mounted writable reiserfs could do a quick check.
> Please copy replies to me as I am not subscribed. Thanks.

bash-2.05# mkdir fu
bash-2.05# cd fu
bash-2.05# touch one two three four
bash-2.05# ls -U
one two four three

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