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SubjectRe: reiser4 plugins
On Thu, 30 Jun 2005 08:29:56 +0200, David Weinehall <> said:

> On Thu, Jun 30, 2005 at 12:33:10AM -0400, Hubert Chan wrote:
>> It's sort of like the way web servers handle index.html, for those
>> who think it's a stupid idea. (Of course, some people may still
>> think it's a stupid idea... ;-) )

> And guess what? That's handled on the web server level (userland),
> not by the file system. So different web servers can handle it
> differently (think, index.html.zh, index.php, etc).

From the web *browser*'s point of view, it is handled by the
"filesystem" (which is provided by the various servers). The browser
doesn't care how or where the data is stored. It just requests a file,
and gets some data back. So the browser doesn't have to check for, get a failure (trying to read a directory),
check for, etc. In this way, the web
server controls (which I think takes the place of the filesystem in this
case) what gets shown (, etc.), instead of the leaving it
up to the browser.

In the same way, you don't want every single user program to have to
guess whether it should look at .data, or .contents, or whatever.

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