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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FUSE
by zimbatm on Fri 5th Nov 2010 09:27 UTC
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With fuse [1] you could easily create a virtual filesystem, where directories are tags. That would let you try out that idea without changing the rest of the filesystem.

Say you mount that filesystem in ~/Tags. A file with two tags "A" and "B" could be found in ~/Tags/A/B/ ~/Tags/B/A/ ~/Tags/A ~/Tags/B and in it's original location. One difficulty would be that filenames can't have the same name as any other tag. Another-one would be that after some time, ~/Tags would contain a huge list of tags, which is not really handy.

[1] http://fuse.sourceforge.net/

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