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From: eklug_at_ezrazone.com
Date: Mon 06 Jan 2003 - 23:38:14 GMT

Thank you! I am on the road to understanding now...


> With respect to the hardlinks, here is an explanation cut from a mail
> from Paul Sladen (on the list), which I hope he doesnt mind me
> publishing it...
> Inodes contain data. `Files' (like
> `/etc/passwd' are pointers to an Inode number (and therefore the write
> piece of data).
> A Hardlink is where you create a second pointer to the same numbered
> Inode (there is also a reference count on the Inode data). So the
> reference counts go to `2' for that data. If I create another hardlink
> the refernce goes to `3' and there are now three seperate pointers to
> the same
> Inode/data.
> If you delete one of those files, all you are actually doing is removing
> a pointer (such as `/etc/passwd') and decrementing the reference count
> back down to `2'. So now when you create the file again (say
> `/etc/passwd') this will now point at a new inode and a new block of
> data.
> Whereas, if you *overwrite* the contents of any of those pointers you
> are modifying the actual data in the Inode--and therefore the data that
> all the other pointers see.
> Regards - Bill
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <eklug_at_ezrazone.com>
> To: <vserver_at_solucorp.qc.ca>
> Sent: Monday, January 06, 2003 9:32 PM
> Subject: [vserver] Delete/Remove a vserver
>> Hello, a Linux/vserver newbie here.
>> I have been looking for a solution like this...almost went with
>> FreeVSD. Over this past weekend I loaded vserver and the patched
>> kernel into a RedHat 7.3.
>> Everything went so smooth I think I did something wrong ;)
>> I have created several test 'vservers'...now how do I delete them.
>> The standard 'rm -R....' commands don't work.
>> I am coming from a NT background so symlinks, soft links, hard
>> links...are still new to me.
>> I looked up hard link and just link in the man pages, but I didn't
>> understand.
>> Any help or just plain berating would be appreciated.
>> ezra

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