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SubjectRe: creating live virtual files by concatenation
On 2/25/06, Rik van Riel <> wrote:
> On Sat, 25 Feb 2006, Maciej Soltysiak wrote:
> > Code files, DNS zones, configuration files, HTML code. We are still
> > dealing with lots of text files today.
> You say it like it's a bad thing, but in truth I suspect
> people often deal with text files because they're EASY
> to manipulate through scripts, etc.

I agree 100%, plain text serial files are *easy*.

Given the swiss-army knife of tools we have at our disposal (cat, cut,
head, tail, sed, awk, split, sort, grep and many more), plain text
files are very easy to manipulate - not to mention write apps to
manipulate. And that is a very good thing IMHO.

I can imagine quite a mess if I open a file that is really a view of
several files and then start manipulating text in it across "actual
file" boundaries that could blow up easily.

Jesper Juhl <>
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