Subject: Re: Improving the Unix API
To: Alexander Viro <>
From: Jan-Simon Pendry <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 06/27/1999 18:39:18
Alexander Viro wrote:
>         Proposed API on the Linux side being
> int chflags(name, level, oldp, newp); where level is FL_VFS for generic
> attirbutes (fs may map them on its own set) and FL_{UFS,EXT2,...} for raw
> flags - corresponding filesystem is free to interpret the thing as it
> likes and should set the generic attributes in the right way. 

if linux introduces a different API (ie not just an extension of
the existing bsd API) then please do *not* call it "chflags".
it took years just to get over the bsd vs. svr4 gettimeofday()
fiasco.  btw, what's the proposed API for getting the current
attribute set?