Display netware.metadata Extended Attribute

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This is a tool that retrieves and displays the data kept in the netware.metadata extended attribute on an NSS file on a Linux server. The utility was designed to help developers use the getxattr API with NSS volumes. The ability for OES servers to use the getxattr() API for NSS volumes has been added to SLES 9 OES1 SP2 with the following patches and parameters:



  • For the this Utility to work on SLES 9 OES1 SP2 the kernel needs to be at the 282 (2.6.5-7.282).

It also requires the following patches:
  • km-nss-4.9.26-0.1.i586.rpm

  • novell-nss-4.9.23-1.i586.rpm

  • novell-sms-zapishim-2.6.5_7.282-1.0.5.i586.rpm


NSS must be installed and running.



  • The following parameters must be set from NSSCON
    • NSS /ListXattrNWMetadata

  • NSS /CtimeISMetadataModTime


How to Use the file:


From a terminal type:

getxattrs path/fileName.ext <enter>

Where path/fileName.ext is the name of an NSS file that exists on an NSS volume on a Linux Server.



Example: getxattrs /VOL1/file.txt <enter>



Sample output:



grep57:/xattr # ./getxattrs /media/nss/NSS1/file.txt
The file /media/nss/NSS1/file.txt has the extended attribute(s) netware.metadata (the string takes up 17 bytes).
There are 192 byts of data in the netware.metadata extended attribute(s).

A dump of the extended attribute netware.metadata is the following:
ffffffff fffffffe 00000001 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 ffffffef 00000003 00000000 0000001a
00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000028 00000000 00000000 00000040 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffdd 0000006c 00000063 00000045
00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
ffffffc4 0000006c 00000063 00000045 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 ffffff8d ffffff87 00000063 00000045 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000001
00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000001 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000001
ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff 0000007f ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff
00000001 00000000 00000000 00000000 ffffffe0 00000045 00000044 0000006c ffffffa5 00000079 ffffffdb 00000001
ffffff80 fffffffd 00000000 00000014 00000022 00000032 ffffff8d ffffff9d 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000


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