On Mon, 2008-08-18 at 16:20 -0700, John Caruso wrote:
> It's not difficult to come up with examples where it might happen, 
> BTW...say, a web service that returns the result of an operating system 
> command to a user.

The command is named ns_returnfile.

The expectation is that you are returning a "file", not a web service

The expectation is that the file will be around for longer than one
second before being deleted and replaced.

The fact that the documentation doesn't say this is unimportant. Inodes
are reused, this is part of how the filesystem works. You could run into
the same problem with an archive program. A file of the same inode,
name, size and age is created replacing the old file. Most archive
programs would not understand that the file contents had changed. Is it
a bug? No. It is called a practical limitation.

Anyway: no bug, just how it works. The only bug is how ns_returnfile is
being used in the example. 

tom jackson

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