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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: give us a hand with arch

From: Florian Weimer
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: give us a hand with arch
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2003 12:56:39 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.4i

On Sun, Sep 28, 2003 at 12:12:49PM +0200, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:

> The proof this is metadata, is that if you had any second channel in the
> inode where you could store your metadata (some other projects asked for
> this feature over time), you would be using it already instead of
> polluting the file (IMHO at least ;). That way (with kernel support for
> transparently adding metadata to a file) the explicit mode also wouldn't
> require you to add-tag/delete-tag/move-tag, and tagline would be totally
> obsoleted.

Distributing files together with their extended attributes, a resource
fork or other ways to transparently store metadate is rather painful.
Ask any MacOS user. 8-/

You can either preserve the metadata, or you can make the file contents
accessible to traditional users.  Both things at the same time don't

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