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    SubjectRe: The argument for fs assistance in handling archives
    Helge Hafting <> said:


    > The only new thing needed is the ability for something to be both
    > file and directory at the same time.

    Then why have files and directories in the first place?

    > Some tools will need
    > a update - usually only because they blindly assume that a directory
    > isn't a file too, or that a file can't be a directory too. Remove the
    > mistaken assumption and things will work because the underlying system
    > calls (chdir or open) _will_ work.

    But with some weird restrictions: No moving stuff around between files, no
    linking, some "files" can't be deleted (how would you handle removing the
    principal stream of a file?). Some stuff you'd love to do (is, in fact, the
    reason for this all) just can't be allowed (i.e., J. Random Luser setting
    his own icon for system-wide emacs). So the tools/scripts/users/sysadmins
    will have to be painfully aware that some of the files aren't, and some of
    the directories aren't either. Major pain in the neck to use, if you look
    closer. Add extra kernel complexity. For little (if any) gain.
    Dr. Horst H. von Brand User #22616
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