When Andreas Dilger proposed the statx() topic for the 2017 Linux
Storage, Filesystem, and Memory-Management Summit, the system call had
still not been merged. But that all changed in the 4.11 development cycle when Al Viro merged the
system call to provide additional file information. So, unlike
years, the discussion was not about how to merge such a system call but,
instead, how to extend statx() for additional file information.