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2017-02-21 7:17 GMT+02:00 Jonathan Goble <>:
> So the NTFS filesystem apparently does not use an inode-equivalent at all
> for sufficiently small files, but finds another way to store the data
> instead.

An inode is a fixed-size entry (say 64, 128 or 256 bytes) in an inode table.
There are some unused bytes in there. They are unused on purpose so
that most of the time you don't need a data block of (the size of say 16
inodes) for a symbolic link.  Several modern filesystems (e.g. ext4) exploit
those bytes for other tiny files too.