Suggestion to keep the type of a file or directory in the stat field st_rdev.

PCMan at
Sat Mar 17 04:25:24 PDT 2012

Can't xattr be used for this purpose?
IIRC storing mime-types in xattr is proposed long time ago.
However, most applications do not seem to use this.
Though it might be less efficient than a numeric id, this might be a more
portable way than using the rdev hack.
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