Andrew E. Mileski (
Mon, 17 Nov 1997 04:22:15 -0500 (EST)

> - cpio, tar and other programs use inode numbers to identify hardlinked
> files.

Then that is a problem :-/

So what is an alternative? I need at least 48-bits for a block
address, 'cause the file system I'm working on doesn't have inodes.

> - There is also a patch floating around that enables the kernel to
> open files by inode number. This in conjunction with a modified INN
> delivers significant speedups as the INN spends a large fraction of
> it's time searching files. You may call it a broken fix for a broken
> system though ...

Sounds like the patch is doing the job of the dcache.

Andrew E. Mileski