Andrew E. Mileski (
Sun, 16 Nov 1997 15:16:41 -0500 (EST)

> > The only thing changing inode numbers screws up are the "ls -i"
> > output (the inode info is meaningless), and VFS messages that
> > refer to inode numbers.
> That's certainly not the only thing that changing inode numbers screws
> up. If you were following the NFS thread: the filehandle given to the
> client might be kept while the server machine is rebooted.

This only applies to NFS. It doesn't apply to a locally mounted
file system.

> I also think some of the GNU utilities make use of the inode
> numbers. They are not meaningless, in the way they are often used.

I never stated inode numbers were meaningless outside the kernel,
but the output of "ls -i" is meaningless when using virtual inode

Andrew E. Mileski