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[2]: To sum it up...
by bogomipz on Sat 6th Nov 2010 12:06 UTC in reply to "RE: To sum it up..."
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"So in my opinion, a better idea would be to offer an automatically-generated hierarchy in order to make search functionalities more discoverable.

Yet another way BeOS was released to world before its time. ;) This was implemented in the file manager and the filesystem.

Just to make this clear; BFS automatically indexes certain attributes to speed up searching, it does not automatically populate those attributes. With Neolander's suggestion, creating a link is like adding a tag, not indexing an existing tag. If/when Haiku will automatically fill attributes, this too will be by a continuously running userland process.

This is something I really like about Zimbra. You can save a search anywhere in your folder tree, and it will update the results every time you "open" the "folder".

Saved queries in BeOS/Haiku work this way too. Tracker makes them behave more or less like folders. You can for instance make a search for program files and put it in your Leaf menu folder (Haiku-speak for start menu), or anywhere else for that matter, to have a dynamic application launcher.

Edited 2010-11-06 12:10 UTC

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