In Chapter 4, Chapter 5, and Chapter 13, we looked at file I/O, with a particular focus on regular (i.e., disk) files. In this and the following chapters, we go into detail on a range of file-related topics:
This chapter looks at file systems.
Chapter 15 describes various attributes associated with a file, including the timestamps, ownership, and permissions.
Chapter 16 and 17 consider two new features of Linux 2.6: extended attributes and access control lists (ACLs). Extended attributes are a method of associating arbitrary metadata with a file. ACLs are an extension of the traditional UNIX file permission model.
Chapter 18 looks at directories and links.
The majority of this chapter is concerned with file systems, which are ...