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SubjectRe: packages and the kernel
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> On Fri, 31 May 1996, Albert Cahalan wrote:
>
> (clip)
> >
> > More radical: Have a filesystem that can be mounted with two different
> > directory structures, the package view and the user view. From the
> > package view, root installs software packages by putting each one in
> > its own directory. Root marks each file with a type (like the Mac).
> > Files marked as type bin automatically show up in /usr/bin and they
> > disappear when removed from the package view. You might have to give
> > up hard links, but that is a good idea anyway (for reverse lookups).

Aargh.

> Kernel side : if you are going to use the kernel, keep track of all package
> files by what 'package' they belong to in the same way you track user/group.
>
> Now, you still need distributions, but:
>
> Rules:
> 1. A file created by standard methods would belong to the package the

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> 2. files made by login shells belong to a 'package' of the user's name. (this won't get

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> 3. new file creation functions or fcntl stuff can be made to allow users

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and 4, 5, 6, ...

> current dist. methods... the umsdos type kludge, with an eye for eventual
^^^^^^
Please, think Un*x, keep this to somewhere off-topic, like
huge-kernel-useless-overhead ;-)

Sorry, just don't like it,
Eddie.




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