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Re: extattr namespaces

Matthew Mondor <> wrote:

> One thing that I'm wondering: what are the character constraints on
> those class names in the Linux API?

As I understand, the kernel just uses C strings. Encoding is userland's
tools business.
> For performance and security, integers make more sense to me than
> strings.  However, I don't think there'd be a problem if internally
> they're integers, yet showed to userland with a strings interface

The problem is that the Linux API allows you tu use arbitrary namespaces
without prior declaration. That does not seems workable with namespaces
stored as integers.

Emmanuel Dreyfus

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