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[3]: To sum it up...
by phoenix on Fri 5th Nov 2010 19:26 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: To sum it up..."
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Yes, but then the "file indexer" has to continually check that the symlinks are valid, and has to continually recreate them. And, anyone accessing the GUI will see the same icon (link) for all files, regardless of the type of file. And, if you rename the "file" in the search area, it doesn't rename the actual file. Plus, each symlink is a 0-byte file using up an inode, so each search you create can potentially run your system out of inodes, leading to "disk full" errors when you are using 10% of your disk.

Using symlinks is a band-aid that would be worse than the cut it covers.

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