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[5]: No
by sorpigal on Sat 6th Nov 2010 20:41 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: No"
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if I have read-only access to a file, I can copy the file to anywhere I want. Thus, why shouldn't I be able to tag it as well?

You should be able to copy it to anywhere and then tag the copy. This is just common sense: I don't want your tags on my file. I can see the argument that says that tags should be an overlay describing a particular person only, but the fact that you lose those when transferring the file to someone else makes it almost worthless.

EDIT: I would just like to add: Consider tags on files as they exist today. JPEGs, MP3s, hell even MS Word supports a kind of tagging for .doc files. These tags are per-file and cannot be adjusted without write access, yet they are undeniably useful. The only problem with them is that for each new file type you have to learn a new tagging system, which means that any software dealing with tagging becomes enormously complex. I'm suggesting that tagging in files is established and accepted and works; all we need is a universal system for tagging in files.

Good luck with that. How long has the debate been going on about Extended Attributes, where to store them, and how to access them?

It's been a long time but finally someone who isn't a security researcher has a good use for them.

Edited 2010-11-06 20:44 UTC

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