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Why cant a file and a directory with the same name be created in the same directory. I found that in linux filesystems, all the files have different inode numbers, and that directory is treated as a file(which has enties pointing to files inside it). If this is the case then why is it impossible to create a file and directory with the same name in a directory.
Also are there any file system in any OS in which this is possible?
Not sure why you would want to, but,,, remember Linux is case sensitive. If the directory starts with a cap example: /home/Jazz you can have a file in that directory named jazz. Have one in caps, and one that isn't
What i was thinking was like if the inode numbers are unique and if the directory inodes are having a list of inode pointers, then a cd command can recognize a directory and get in , even if a file with the same name exists in the directory.
Avoiding confusion to the users maybe the reason, is there any other reason?
I had this question come up in a seminar on inodes and that why i am asking...