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Subject: RE: ext3 in archos?

RE: ext3 in archos?

From: Michael Elsdörfer <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2004 11:11:37 +0100

> we can also do MS-Windows style symlinking, what Windows calls "shortcuts"

A bit off-topic, but I thought you might be interested: Did you know NTFS
also supports hard links, at least on directories? They are called juctions,
but most people don't know, as there is no interface in the Windows
Explorer. I was very surprised when I found out.

See a demonstration here:


> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On
> Behalf Of TP Diffenbach
> Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2004 2:15 AM
> To:
> Subject: RE: ext3 in archos?
> Re symlinks:
> we can also do MS-Windows style symlinking, what Windows calls "shortcuts"
> I provided a small api for doing just that some months ago; integrating it
> into rockbox wouldn't be difficult.
> The reason I didn't is that I think Windows shortcuts are inefficient: the
> shortcut file ends up being about 1K-2K in size, but for a disk holding
> MP3s
> you want a cluster size of around 16K, so each shortcut ends up wasting a
> lot of space. It seemed likely to me that these excessive costs would not
> be
> readily apparent to some proportion of users, so I thought that it was a
> misfeature to support shortcuts.
> I do agree that certain tracks really beg to be indexed in more than one
> way; I'd prefer some combination of playlists and "virtual playlists", or
> a
> database.
> That said, if you really want Windows shortcuts, and are willing to pay
> the
> storage costs, you'd just need my api, some smoothing it out relating to
> copied shortcuts, and some changes to tree.c.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: []On
> Behalf Of Björn Stenberg
> Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2004 9:51 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: ext3 in archos?
> Chris Muth wrote:
> > I - and possibly many others - start Rockbox from the flash ROM.
> > This would be conducive to using <whatever fancy> file system.
> >
> > This would be nice. ext2 and almost certainly ext3 support linking
> files.
> > That would be nice, since if a file fits in multiple categories, one can
> just
> > hard/soft link them.
> Links are nice, but IMHO not nice enough to spend massive amounts of
> developer time (and code space) to support ext2/3 in Rockbox. Especially
> in
> light of the fact that only part of our user base can use it anyway.
> --
> Björn
Received on 2004-01-07

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