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SubjectRe: silent semantic changes with reiser4

On Fri, Aug 27, 2004 at 07:58:40PM -0400, Horst von Brand wrote:
> > Also, you are thinking _very_ narrowly now. There are thousands of
> > file formats. Implementing the support for meta-data/ streams/
> > attributes in the kernel will make it possible to use this
> > generically for all files.
> So the _kernel_ has to know about thousands of formats, just in case it
> some blue day it comes across a strange file? Better leave that to the
> applications.

I'd do that quite differently: Collect metadata about files in
extended attributes (which are rather universally useable), and do it
from an userspace daemon/application/file manager plugin which uses
dynamically loadable plugins for the different file types
differentiated by libmagic.

This has nothing to do in the kernel.


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