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Re: rollover translator

From: Bas Wijnen
Subject: Re: rollover translator
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2004 12:31:46 +0100
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Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
   I don't think we care about POSIX at all here.  If Alfred wants to
   write a translator which is totally non-POSIX, he should be free to
   do so.

What I meant was that we can disregard POSIX aslong as programs
reading/writting from the file work as expected.  And as far as I can
tell, POSIX doesn't even come into play here, atleast with how I am
thinking of implementing it.

Being as much POSIX as possible is nice of course, but as long as redirection works (which doesn't really affect the output-generation program at all), I wouldn't really care how non-POSIX it is.

Oh, and nobody commented about the important bit, how should the
translator should be set. :-)

Oh, I thought that was sortof implicit.  ;-)

If you implement read and write as I suggested, using the underlying inode seems to be the only logical option for me. If for any reason read cannot be used to get the contents of the last part of the written data, then using the link construct makes sense.


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