Subject: Re: RFC: new mode bits in stat structure
To: Todd Vierling <>
From: Ted Lemon <>
List: tech-kern
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.