"tar --one-file-system" accesses remote file systems

Larry Hall (Cygwin) reply-to-list-only-lh@cygwin.com
Wed Feb 13 20:41:00 GMT 2008

Matt Seitz (matseitz) wrote:
>> From: Larry Hall (Cygwin) 
>> Matt Seitz (matseitz) wrote:
>>>> Matt Seitz (matseitz) wrote:
>>>>> This problem and a proposed solution was mentioned in an earlier 
>>>>> e'mail 
>> (http://www.cygwin.com/ml/cygwin/1998-09/msg00839.html). 
>>> Ah, yes, the mounted CIFS share is reported as a FAT file 
>>> system*. 
>> That's it I expect.  Going straight to the code, in 
>> fhandler_disk_file.cc, here's some code from 
>> fhandler_base::fstat_helper():
>>    /* Enforce namehash as inode number on untrusted file systems. */
>>    if (pc.isgood_inode (nFileIndex))
>>      buf->st_ino = (__ino64_t) nFileIndex;
>>    else
>>      buf->st_ino = get_namehash ();
>> One of the things that isgood_inode() checks for is that it's 
>> not a FAT drive.  In case it is, you end up with a faked hash inode.
> Thanks for the diagnosis. I'm curious about something. The message I
> reference above also mentioned an issue with "st_dev". It seems to imply
> that correcting the "st_dev" to use the volume serial number could resolve
> this issue. What is your opinion on that theory?

Given that the message you found refers to code that's a good 10 years
old, I think it's safe to assume that things here have changed. ;-)
And they have.  I found no "42" anywhere in the code that is related
to st_dev.  So that "oddness" is now gone.

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A: Yes.
 > Q: Are you sure?
 >> A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
 >>> Q: Why is top posting annoying in email?

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