Subject: Re: RFC: new mode bits in stat structure
To: Todd Vierling <email@example.com>
From: Ted Lemon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 06/26/1998 10:39:08
> Wouldn't the better thing to do be adding flags, not mode bits?
Why? I think the mode bit semantics actually make more sense. Other
than the permission bits, mode bits represent internal filesystem goo
- is this file a directory, is this file a device special file, et
cetera. Flags are more like things that userland and the general part
of the kernel cares about - is this file mutable, has it been backed
up by a userland program, should it be backed up, et cetera.