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Re: [Libguestfs] [PATCH 1/3] New API: case-sensitive-path to return case sensitive path on NTFS 3g fs

On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 11:18:26AM +0000, Matthew Booth wrote:
> Problem is, if you don't put the magic in you're pushing the problem on  
> to the library user.

This is not true.  It's only used for the case where you are resolving
paths given to you by Windows -- eg. coming from a Windows
configuration file or from the Windows Registry.  The case we use it
is precisely this: we read the Windows %systemroot% from NTLDR and
then have to resolve that against the filesystem.  If Windows allowed
its root filesystem to be on ext3 it would work the same way.

In any other case, using case_sensitive_path is almost certainly
wrong, in fact not just slow but quite likely to be insecure too.  You
don't want a Linux config file that specifies /etc/something to
randomly pick /etc/SOMETHING.


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