Archive for June, 2009

Extended Attributes as user interface – be careful

June 29, 2009 - 10:54 pm

We have decided to use extended attributes in OFS to enable communication between user and filesystem with standard linux tool. Today I came across the first disadvantage of this choice.

I was wondering why gedit claimed that it were not possible to save the backup file. After some debugging I discovered that it tried to copy all extended attributes from the original to the backup file.

In fact, this is a very good idea, especially when using ACLs (which are stored as extended attributes). In OFS we have a little problem with that. Think of setting the “ofs.available” flag to a random file inside the tree. This makes no sense is is denied by OFS. As a result, gedit failes in creating this file.

My fix for this was to hide the ofs.* attributes. This means I removed them from the listxattr FUSE callback, so that they are still available but get not exposed when someone asks for all available attributes.

I don’t know if using attributes which are not visible will raise new problems – time will show…

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Student project: Cache-manager for OFS

June 18, 2009 - 7:17 pm

Today I visited university again. Three students held a presentation about caching strategies for OFS.

In March Professor Trommler started this project and the students did very good research since then. The approaches are promising and partially close to my own ideas about improvements in OFS.

I’m very keen on the implementation which will start about end of July, after they have finished their exams.

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List of bugs and todos for OFS

- 7:05 pm

As promised I’ve posted a set of todos and open bugs to the OFS bugtracker.

I hope I’ll find the time to implement some and can motivate a few people to help me with the others. :)

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Bugtracker and mailing list for OFS

June 11, 2009 - 11:39 am

To improve communication with our users, we set up a mailing list and a bugtracker for the OFS project.

The list works on a mailman based system, provided by sourceforge and since I didn’t like the SF internal tracker, I decided to use mantis for this. Well, I couldn’t find a better point in time to enable mantis. One day later SF announced in a mail, that they will restructure their hosted apps – this means URL will change over the next weeks. Never mind, the old ones will be redirected.

So far – I’ve created a list of TODOs for OFS and will hack them into the bugtracker now.

I encourage you to subscribe to the mailing list to keep up-to-date with the progress of OFS.

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