Several people over the years have suggested that perhaps what this person was really asking is ``How can I tell whether there is more than one hard link to a file.'' If this person was really asking that, then my aggrieved response was out of line.
However, I was able to locate the original article, and looking at it again, I don't see how any interpretation is possible other than the one I came to. Here it is:
> Newsgroups: comp.unix.programmer > Subject: hard links: how to tell with system call under BSD4.3? > Date: 10 May 91 01:33:47 GMT > > > Is there any way, from a system call on BSD4.3, to determine if a > file is a hard link? I know lstat() will describe soft links, but > none of my Unix books seem to say how one can figure out if a file is > a hard link or not. Is this impossible? Please email me at > email@example.com with any responses. Thanks in advance.
Your comments on this are welcome, of course.
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