[openbeos] Re: Incorrect File Sizes

On Wed, 4 Dec 2002, Charlie Clark wrote:

> > That's not a bug, that's wanted. As a user you would be very confused if 
> > the file sizes would always change, or just be different on BeOS, or when 
> > you copy it to another volume, etc.
> > You can't do that, it would make a horrible user experience (hey, even 
> > Windows doesn't do this for NTFS).
> > No, it would be very nice to know how much space a file needs on disk, 
> > including the attributes - unfortunately, BFS don't have a single counter 
> > for that, so that you'd need to iterate over all attributes to calculate 
> > their size. It would be very simple to do, but I want to have that 
> > functionality both in Tracker and BFS, but optionally, not instead of the 
> > real file size.
> 
> What about a limit on attribute size, though? The guys at SiegfriedSoft 
> said it caused a real problem and took a long time to find out how much 
> space a file occupies. They wrote their own code for doing this as they 
> said the standard stuff was way too slow: Figures takes up to 10 minutes 
> longer to start a 2 GB backup, apparently. Doesn't stuffing the attributes 
> with Francois pr0n slow the fs down?

Sorry, but making it less flexible is not an option. :P Anyway, you don't 
really need to put gigantic attributes there. So just don't. :)

-Bruno



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