ITP: leafnode

Christopher Faylor
Fri Apr 2 16:01:00 GMT 2004

On Fri, Apr 02, 2004 at 06:22:53PM +0300, A. Alper ATICI wrote:
>On Fri, Apr 02, 2004 at 04:17:16PM +0200, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
>> > 
>> > 1. Leafnode relies on hard-link counts, so current implementation of hlinks 
>> > on FAT32 breaks it. News spool has to be on NTFS, and it seems this will be 
>> > an NT/2K/XP only package.
>> Is that necessary?  Can't that be ifdef'd for Cygwin?
>I've discussed this before with leafnode maintainer, Matthias Andree, and 
>here's what he says:
>The whole /var/spool/news/* organization relies on hard links.
>The expire process relies on the hard link count (st_nlink in struct
>stat, as in the <sys/stat.h> header file and returned by the stat()
>syscall) being correct, file copies on FAT32 will lead to premature expiry 
>and a horrible waste of disk space, it may become unbearable for 
>cross-posted articles.

Ok, so I vote "no" on this package given the above restriction.


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