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    SubjectRe: Versioning file system
    alan wrote:
    > On Mon, 18 Jun 2007, Bodo Eggert wrote:
    >
    >> alan <alan@clueserver.org> wrote:
    >>
    >>> I just wish that people would learn from the mistakes of others. The
    >>> MacOS is a prime example of why you do not want to use a forked
    >>> filesystem, yet some people still seem to think it is a good idea.
    >>> (Forked filesystems tend to be fragile and do not play well with
    >>> non-forked filesystems.)
    >>
    >> What's the conceptual difference between forks and extended user
    >> attributes?
    >
    > Forks tend to contain more than just extended attributes. They contain
    > all sorts of other meta-data including icons, descriptions, author
    > information, copyright data, and whatever else can be shoveled into them
    > by the author/user.

    And that makes them different from extended attributes, how?

    Both of these really are nothing but ad hocky syntactic sugar for
    directories, sometimes combined with in-filesystem support for small
    data items.

    -hpa
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