Consider an filesystem targeted at some embedded devices that does little more than store files in a hierarchical directory structure. This filesystem lacks many of the operations you may be used to in systems such as unix and Windows (for example, its access permissions are completely different and not tied to metadata stored in directories). This filesystem does not allow any kind of hard link or soft link, so every file has a unique name in a strict tree structure.
Is there any benefit to storing a link to the directory itself and to its parent in the on-disk data structure that represents a directory?
Most unix filesystems have
.. entries on disk. I wonder why they don't handle those at the VFS (generic filesystem driver) layer. Is this a historical artifact? Is there a good reason, and if so, which precisely, so I can determine whether it's relevant to my embedded system?