d_ino deprecated in latest snapshot

Eric Blake ebb9@byu.net
Sat Dec 10 23:09:00 GMT 2005

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According to Christopher Faylor on 12/5/2005 2:26 PM:
> I've deprecated dirent's d_ino field in the latest snapshot.  I've taken
> this step because in the majority of cases this field was different from
> the inode field returned by stat() and this presents problems for programs
> which correctly think that they should be the same.
> This field will continue to be filled out (in)correctly for older
> programs but the field has now been renamed to __deprecated_d_ino so it
> will not be detectable by configure.  The __deprecated_d_ino field is
> now zero in any applications built with the snapshot or newer versions
> of libcygwin.a.

Actually, sys/dirent.h only has __deprecated_d_ino when __INSIDE_CYGWIN__,
but still used d_ino in __CYGWIN_USE_BIG_TYPES__.  Therefore a compile of
findutils-4.2.27 against the headers of snapshot 20051205 claimed:

checking for d_ino member in directory struct... yes

> What this means is that, with luck, packages like bash and find which
> try to use this field in some meaningful way will switch to using the
> reliable st_ino field instead.

Not quite.  I'll wait for the next snapshot before putting
findutils-4.2.27-1 online as a test version, so that you can get
sys/dirent.h fixed first.

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