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An idea for versiont racking using translators

From: Arne Babenhauserheide
Subject: An idea for versiont racking using translators
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 13:15:51 +0200
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This is just a general idea which struck me: 

With translators it would be easily possible to hide version tracking activity 
by just stacking a version tracking translator over some directory. 

A way to control that would then be, to have the translator create virtual 
files for control. Something like 


# Add files
echo * > .add

# commit 
echo "Commit message" > .commit 

# update to some revision
echo 123 > .update

Would easily be possible. 

There wouldn't be any visible storage dir, since the directory would just be 
shown as normal file dir with some extra non-standard files. 

Can a translator change how cp works, so that copying such a dir would clone 
the repo and layer a new translator upon the target (if the target is on a 

Thanks for reading the strange idea until the end. 

I hope you enjoyed it. :) 

It's just an idea, but it might provide one more illustration what the Hurd 
could make possible/easier. 

Best wishes, 
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