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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by bogomipz on Sat 6th Nov 2010 13:09 UTC in reply to "FUSE"
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One difficulty would be that filenames can't have the same name as any other tag.

Ah of course, thanks for bringing this up. Presenting equally named files as nodes in the same virtual directory doesn't work very well.

Fixing this involves changing the file manager to show a different name than what the file system presents. Like when I delete two files called test.txt in Thunar, and then go to the Trash folder - it looks like the folder contains two equally named files, but in reality one of them is called test.txt$1. The illusion works as long as you restore the file before opening it. If you directly open the second file from Trash in a program that doesn't know this convention, you see the name as stored in the file system.

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