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SubjectRe: NTFS-like streams?

# If you don't do that ... well, the extra data gets lost.

And people who write programs on Linux that utilise the streams would have
to be well aware of this, otherwise their programs would be inherently

# > comments, icons, etc -- is useful, but not vital to the file,
# > and not a "mistake."
# Many users will violently disagree here. And of course, type and creator
# info is bloody essential.

It's essential under MacOS, because it's the only means to identify a file
(or at least, the only means the OS uses). Under Unix, it'd be an
overriding method ("if it's there, and we understand it, then use it"),
but not a required method. Programs that depended on the streams being
there wouldn't be particularly widely-used, because they wouldn't work all
that well.

Mo McKinlay Chief Software Architect inter/open Labs
GnuPG Key: pub 1024D/76A275F9 2000-07-22 Mo McKinlay <>

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