Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Nov 2010 22:40 UTC, submitted by rhyder
Linux "For a fairly scruffy looking guy, I have a surprisingly healthy approach to organising my files. However, I'm constantly pushing up against the limitations of a system that is based around directories. I'm convinced that Linux needs to make greater use of tagging, but I'm also beginning to wonder if desktop Linux could abandon the hierarchical directory structure entirely."
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Use directories as tags
by squelart on Fri 5th Nov 2010 00:34 UTC
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2007-03-22

Instead of overhauling the whole experience, I would like some kind of intelligent filesystem that would interpret directory names as tags, and transparently make files available at different locations under the same unordered set of directory-tags, e.g.:
.../docs/articles/2010/...
would contain the same files as
.../docs/2010/articles/...

So there's no real change in GUIs, people can keep their working habits with directories, but the filesystem will help with organising files so that files are easier to access through different paths.

(Yes I know about hardlinks, but they're hard and need extra work! I want my tag-links to happen transparently)

Edited 2010-11-05 00:36 UTC

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