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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RE: Not just tagging
by phoenix on Fri 5th Nov 2010 16:32 UTC in reply to "Not just tagging"
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First, we need transactional file systems.


Only if by "we" you mean Linux. ;) Non-Linux systems have had transactional filesystems for years now (ZFS, HAMMERFS), and support for versioning in the filesystem (VMS).

There is really no good reason not to have a transactional file system. It would make things like updates, installations, and removals much simpler.


You're right, it does. ;) ZFS snapshot your filesystem(s), do your updates. If it fails, roll-back the snapshot and carry on. If it succeeds, you either keep the snapshot just-in-case, or you delete it. Works beautifully, even across full OS upgrades.

Second, we need indexing of extended attributes. BFS got this right. My music should just be a folder with a bunch of files that have metadata. There should be no database.


Uhm, what do you call your index, if not a database?

Personally, I believe tagging is secondary to all of this. My mind naturally categorizes things hierarchically, but I have had times when I wished a file could be in two folders.


Some kind of tagging or EA system would be nice, for just this reason. After using GMail and Zimbra for the past couple of years, it's nice being able to physically store messages in a hierarchical manner, but also access them via multiple "folders"/tags where appropriate. And having saved searches (virtual folders) that refresh each time you go into them is absolutely wonderful; something I've missed from GUI file managers like Dolphin.

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