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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Ruminations on Arch Desiderata

From: Damien Elmes
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Ruminations on Arch Desiderata
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2003 21:55:45 +1000
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Robert Collins <address@hidden> writes:

> I think you've missed the point. The resource fork is structured data,
> that arch could meaningfully interpret, diff, merge and the like. To do
> that on apple, system calls can be used. To interoperate with non-mac's,
> and to store such versioned data in an arch archive (even on a mac) a
> encoding standard needs to be chosen. For that standard, a layer will
> need to exist when running on non-macs - and there are applesingle
> libraries around...

I don't know much at all about development on Apple machines, but was
under the impression that resource forks are deprecated [1], on the
grounds that they make it difficult to interoperate with other

Does applesingle attempt to solve the problem of the extra metadata
you mention as well? It just seems like a nasty thing for Arch to have
to deal with. Would the ability to store arbitrary metadata at the
Arch level solve the problem in a more general way?


Damien Elmes

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