Subject: Re: FFS reliability problems
To: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 05/17/2002 20:27:40
On Thu, May 16, 2002 at 07:18:46PM -0400, der Mouse wrote:
> > A file with refcount==0 has to be cleared, not reconnected.
> Why does it "[have] to be" cleared rather than being reconnected?

Because it mean it was unlinked.

> > If was not present in the filesystem tree at the time of the crash,
> > it just happended to be still open after being deleted.
> Well, after the last filesystem link to it being destroyed.  Yes, but
> that's not to say that its contents aren't valuable, or that it has to
> be cleared rather than being reconnected (and its link count fixed).

If it was deleted, why would someone want to recover it after a crash ?
If the machine didn't crash, this file would never have been seen again.

Manuel Bouyer <>