[lug] Microsoft invents file links

Judson Valeski valeski at netscape.com
Thu Mar 2 14:00:30 MST 2000

Archer Sully wrote:

> This one was covered to death on Slashdot.  Its a little bit more than
> symlinks.  Its an automated system that scans the file system looking
> for identical files, which are replaced by a symlink to a file in a central
> location.   I am curious to hear how MSFT have worked around the
> many obvious holes in such a scheme.

hmm. If this is handled at the file system level, I don't see the holes. Seems
to me you could simply reference count those "using" the file. "Using" seems
loose... let's see...

Unless they went wild with access caching, nah, that would never work...

The only *real* "users" of a file would be those who create it, and those who
delete it. If you use that as your rule for reference counting, this seems
like a pretty straight-forward and effective optimization.

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