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Re: Hurd Projects

From: mike burrell
Subject: Re: Hurd Projects
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 17:32:20 -0700
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Lars Weber ( said:
> Final note: an expirefs-translator could even be useful by itself for
> things like the /tmp directory.

i've thought about this, too, but i wonder if it would not violate some Unix
standard (Posix?) in some way?  i don't have any such standard in front of
me, so i can't say for sure.  but it seems like that for /tmp to be useful,
it has to guarantee at least *some* integrity.

e.g. one common use of /tmp (in the world of GNU) is when compiling with gcc
without the -pipe option.  envision a very perverse situation, where many
users are doing many compilations at once (the system would have to be under
*very* high load), and gcc dumps its temporary .S files to /tmp.  wouldn't
it be possible that one of those .S files "expires" before the assembler
even gets a chance to look at it?  would this violate some sort of Unix

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