Re: Proposal: restrict link(2)

James L. McGill (
Fri, 13 Dec 1996 13:43:06 -0600 (CST)

On Fri, 13 Dec 1996, Ion Badulescu wrote:

> No, you can't change the data blocks. But you _will_ change the inode by
> incrementing the link count.
> I'm not saying that changing the link count is wrong by itself, as you can
> also change the atime by simply reading the file..

Actually, that is what saves this nonissue from the "file lifetime" argument.

The owner and/or root can check the number of links and know that this has been
done, and can find where the file is linked, and possibly by whom.

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