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     OPEN(5)                                                   OPEN(5)

          open, create - prepare a fid for I/O on an existing or new

          Topen    tag[2] fid[2] mode[1]
          Ropen    tag[2] fid[2] qid[8]

          Tcreate  tag[2] fid[2] name[28] perm[4] mode[1]
          Rcreate  tag[2] fid[2] qid[8]

          The open request asks the file server to check permissions
          and prepare a fid for I/O with subsequent read and write
          messages.  The mode field determines the type of I/O: 0, 1,
          2, and 3 mean read access, write access, read and write
          access, and execute access, to be checked against the per-
          missions for the file.  In addition, if mode has the OTRUNC
          (0x10) bit set, the file is to be truncated, which requires
          write permission (if the file is append-only, and permission
          is granted, the open succeeds but the file will not be trun-
          cated); if the mode has the ORCLOSE (0x40) bit set, the file
          is to be removed when the fid is clunked, which requires
          permission to remove the file from its directory.  If other
          bits are set in mode they will be ignored.  It is illegal to
          write a directory, truncate it, or attempt to remove it on
          close.  If the file is marked for exclusive use (see
          stat(5)), only one client can have the file open at any
          time.  That is, after such a file has been opened, no other
          open will succeed until fid has been clunked.  All these
          permissions are checked at the time of the open request;
          subsequent changes to the permissions of files do not affect
          the ability to read, write, or remove an open file.

          The create request asks the file server to create a new file
          with the name supplied, in the directory (dir) represented
          by fid, and requires write permission in the directory.  The
          owner of the file is the implied user id of the request, the
          group of the file is the same as dir, and the permissions
          are the value of
                    perm & (~0666 | (dir.perm & 0666))
          if a regular file is being created and
                    perm & (~0777 | (dir.perm & 0777))
          if a directory is being created.  This means, for example,
          that if the create allows read permission to others, but the
          containing directory does not, then the created file will
          not allow others to read the file.

          Finally, the newly created file is opened according to mode,
          and fid will represent the newly opened file.  Mode is not

     OPEN(5)                                                   OPEN(5)

          checked against the permissions in perm. The qid for the new
          file is returned with the create reply message.

          Directories are created by setting the CHDIR bit
          (0x80000000) in the perm.

          The names . and .. are special; it is illegal to create
          files with these names.

          It is an error for either of these messages if the fid is
          already the product of a successful open or create message.

          An attempt to create a file in a directory where the given
          name already exists will be rejected; in this case, the
          create system call (see open(2)) uses open with truncation.
          The algorithm used by create is: first walk to the directory
          to contain the file.  If that fails, return an error.  Next
          walk to the specified file.  If the walk succeeds, send a
          request to open and truncate the file and return the result,
          successful or not.  If the walk fails, send a create mes-
          sage.  If that fails, it may be because the file was created
          by another process after the previous walk failed, so (once)
          try the walk and open again.  For the behavior of create on
          a union directory, see bind(2).

          Open and create both generate open messages; only create
          generates a create message.