Re: vfat patch for shortcut display as symlinks for 2.4.18

From: Daniel Phillips (
Date: Sun Jun 09 2002 - 12:44:09 EST

On Sunday 09 June 2002 18:44, Jan Pazdziora wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 08, 2002 at 06:53:49PM -0700, wrote:
> > I just tried the patch adding symlinks to the vfat fs. It was submitted
> > back at the end of last year but it does not seem to have made it into the
> > kernel sources. I was unable to find a discussion on this. Symlink support
> > in vfat is really useful when you are sharing a vfat volume on a dual
> > booted system. I tried patching a 2.5.X kernel but the page cache changes
> > mean that the patch needs reworking.
> >
> > Do you have any updates to the patch Jan?
> No, I don't. I did not receive any feedback since I sent in the patch
> to linux-kernel, so I concluded that people do not consider lack
> of shortcut/symlink support a problem. For me it's something that
> would be nice to have but I don't feel like pushing it in.

More often than not, when a post doesn't get any responses it's a good sign:
it means nobody disagrees. It can of course also mean that nobody read it,
but that's not very likely on this list, especially if you put [RFC] in the
subject line.

> I might be able to upgrade the patch for the 2.5 kernal line, but
> I'd like to hear some comments about the code in general.

To increase the chance of getting comments, cc people who might be
interested, particularly subsystem maintainers. For this one, cc'ing fsdevel
would be a good idea too. It's a low volume list, but the traffic on it does
get read by many people with a clue. If you want to be really sure of
getting feedback, cc Linus or Al Viro.

Personally, it sounds like support for shortcuts as symlinks is a natural and
needed improvement, though I haven't looked at the the internal details.
(Shortcuts arrived in Microsoft-land at about the time I lost interest.) I'm
kind of surprised the support isn't already there. Perhaps you could briefy
describe how shortcuts work on vfat?

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