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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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