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Re^2: Modifying a directory file

by davidgl (Novice)
on Jan 05, 2018 at 14:24 UTC ( #1206756=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Modifying a directory file
in thread Modifying a directory file

I can't use anything that specifies the file by name as the name is effectively null. Perl tends to have more direct access to system calls and system library functions. I haven't written in C for around 25 years, and never on a Mac, so Perl would be easier.

The approaches I can see are:

a) rename the file

b) remove the inode-equivalent from the directory entry and let fsck fix it. (FS is Apple's HFS+)

c) set the inode use count to zero and let fsck tidy it. (Can a stat() structure be re-written to do that, or is that trapped?)

Thanks, David

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