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Re: cp/mv and extended attributes preservation

Emmanuel Dreyfus wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 12:26:30PM +0000, Emmanuel Dreyfus wrote:
> > Currently, our cp(1) will never preserve extended attributes, and mv(1)
> > will only do so across the same filesystem (that is, when it can use
> > rename(2)). While I found no specification that it should be done, it
> > seems Linux and Darwin do that. 
> > 
> > Any objection to modify cp(1) and mv(1) to preserve extended attributes?
> Attached is a patch that does it. I am concerned that with multi-file
> cp or mv, it adds a system call for each copied file, even if it has
> no extended attributes. I suspect the overhead is negligible compared 
> to time spent in I/O, but if someone sees a better way of doing it...

If you do this, can a single copy of copy_file_xattr() be used, and
referenced from the other program?


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