Re: New FS with search properties
From: Clint Byrum (cbyrum_at_spamaps.org)
Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 15:52:15 -0700
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Uddo Graaf wrote:
> I'm not sure if the authors of any filesystems are present in this NG but I
> would like to suggest a new feature to combat WinFS. Why not allow
> properties to be added to any file, of any length and or type. This way, we
> other programs could be used to search the filesystem in a database like
> For example, an indexing property would be used to index the disk files and
> maybe even its contents.
> What do you guys think?
This is precisely what Reiser4's plugin architecture will solve. See
I am conflicted on this though. On one hand, you have some killer
features that allow more powerful use of the system. This might be akin
to the advance that was made when we went from storing our data in paper
files in cabinets, to storing our data on magnetic disks.
*BUT*, There is a danger of hurting interoperability. If you start
saying "well if you're using Linux, you can read my files, otherwise no"
... you start turning a lot of people off. Maybe if somebody creates a
standard for file-specific meta information, probably something with
xml, and probably something that is contained within the file rather
than in a special place on disk, this will be more feasible.
Until then, we'll probably have to do what we've done with samba and
vfat. Wait for MS, and play catch up. :(
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