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Re: inode open

On Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 02:46:31PM -0700, Bill Stouder-Studenmund wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 01:15:31AM -0700, Adam Burkepile wrote:
> > Is there an open function that will open a file based on its inode  
> > number instead of a path?
> Why?

Well, the traditional answer for this type of interface is "speed".
I reference the "Backup Copilot" product from SunSoft.  It was
a replacement for the traditional "dump"/"restore" programs and
went way, way, faster (at least for dumps).  And it used an open-by-inode
interface to get at the file data, as I recall.

The paper appeared at a LISA conference, but I couldn't trivially find
it in a minute of google searching.  Maybe someone can post a link
to it when they find a copy.


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