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    SubjectRe: file as a directory
    Peter Foldiak <> said:
    > On Tue, 2004-11-30 at 14:51, Horst von Brand wrote:
    > > > I was suggesting this idea mainly form XML files, where the tags define
    > > > the parts clearly.

    > > Use a XML parsing library then.

    > But namespace unification is important,

    Why? Directories are directories, files are files, file contents is file
    contents. Mixing them up is a bad idea. Sure, you could build a filesystem
    of sorts (perhaps more in the vein of persistent programming, or even data
    base systems) where there simply is no distinction (because there are no
    differences to show), but that is something different.

    > and to unify the namespace, you
    > have to use the same syntax. I guess you disagree with me on that. (If
    > not, how would you do it?)

    I'd go one level up: Eliminate the distinctions that bother you, not try to
    patch over them.
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