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Re: delete-file to trash

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: delete-file to trash
Date: Sat, 22 May 2010 21:03:50 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>>> (And if you want to try out what this hypothetical Gnome VCS situation
>>> might be like, you can use a Mac running Time Machine.
>> I have no intention to use such a proprietary software, and encourage
>> other people to stay away from it as well, especially as a form of
>> archival since that traps you into this proprietary platform.
> I apologize, I should have thought before tossing this comment off.
> I did not mean to advocate use of Mac OS in general, just point out
> that it could be a testbed for evaluating a feature that was being
> implemented or considered for implementation on a free platform.
> Or not even using it, but just reading what others say about it
> positive or negative.

No need for an apology.  FWIW, you can already get similar results if you
put your home under a VCS and run commit from a cron job.  I don't have
my whole home under a VCS and don't run commit from cron, but I do have
most of my home under a VCS and have a commit-script which I run
manually very often (because I also use it as a form of distributed FS
rather than only for archival purposes).

> Regarding trapping, Time Machine uses standard unix hard links

Thanks, I had no idea.  This is very good to hear.


PS: I'm actually surprised that Time Machine uses hardlinks since HFS+
supports them very poorly (i.e. with poor performance, at least that was
my experience back when I used GNU Arch under Mac OS X, where the
revision-library used hardlinks intensively and was much slower than
under GNU/Linux on otherwise comparable hardware).

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