Subject: Re: large inode numbers
To: Greywolf <email@example.com>
From: Andrew Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 12/17/2003 09:32:03
>2. Inode '1' is historically used for bad blocks; numerous old dump tapes
> assume that inode '2' is the first valid inode, so we are stuck with
iirc, someone thought using it for bad blocks would be a good idea,
but then quickly discovered that the only bad blocks you can assign to
inode 1 are data blocks -- not inode blocks (which are unfortunately
not prohibited from going bad) -- so this turned out to be of limited
i seem to have gotten the idea from somewhere that white-out files use
"inode 1" (in much the same way that empty slots use "inode 0")
instead of an actual inode, but i have no idea where i heard that...
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