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?


To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to
Please read the FAQ at