|Systems Management: Data Storage Management (XDSM) API|
|X/Open Document Number: C429|
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To adequately support data management applications, a file system and its host Operating System must include a set of functions and semantics not found in most POSIX-compliant systems. These extensions include the capability to monitor events on files, and special interfaces to manage and maintain the data in a file.
Data management applications such as file backup and recovery, file migration, and file replication, typically function as logical extensions of the Operating System. They often must have special permissions (such as "root" or file system credentials) to operate. The interfaces and data structures described in this document are all designed for these specific applications. These interfaces are not intended for direct use by typical end-users or unprivileged processes.
It is assumed the reader has a good understanding of standard UNIX semantics, is familiar with the C language, and understands the issues and tradeoffs in writing data management software.
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