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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Tagged filesystems
by Almafeta on Thu 4th Nov 2010 22:55 UTC
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2007-02-22

Tagged filesystems seem to be the "holy grail" of filesystem technologies. Vista provided early attempts, which were (to my disappointment) almost abandoned in 7. They're going to try again in 8. And probably just delay things again.

I think this is one area in which homebrew OSs could really beat the "big guys" to the punch. Adapting from a hierarchal structure to a tagged structure isn't a drag-and-drop replacement.

Even in the case of the 'middle ground' suggested in the article - only replacing the user's directory of personal files - I'm not sure most UIs and programs would be prepared for finding a directory that seems full of literally everything that people have ever created or saved.

Edited 2010-11-04 23:03 UTC

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RE: Tagged filesystems
by umccullough on Thu 4th Nov 2010 22:56 in reply to "Tagged filesystems"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

I think this is one area in which homebrew OSs could really beat the "big guys" to the punch. Adapting from a hierarchal structure to a tagged structure isn't a drag-and-drop replacement.


I bet this is something that could be implemented in Haiku with BFS attributes... I suspect someone could mock something up relatively quickly with the existing functionality - perhaps offering it as an addon enhancement to stock Haiku...

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RE[2]: Tagged filesystems
by Tuishimi on Fri 5th Nov 2010 00:54 in reply to "RE: Tagged filesystems"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

Exactly... but why abandon directories? Why not have both? I don't see their functionality as mutually exclusive but instead complement one another. I don't think the article is actually suggesting doing away with directories so much as advocating the use of tagging and that it could be better in certain circumstances.

Anyway, yeah, tagging/file attributing is a nice thing. I love using it in mail (postbox) and would really love the ability to relate groups of files by tagging them (yet also contain them in separate directories).

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RE[2]: Tagged filesystems
by Ricard on Fri 5th Nov 2010 01:24 in reply to "RE: Tagged filesystems"
Ricard Member since:
2005-07-03

A Google summer of code project idea for Haiku next year?

Edited 2010-11-05 01:24 UTC

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RE: Tagged filesystems
by gfolkert on Fri 5th Nov 2010 00:24 in reply to "Tagged filesystems"
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2008-12-15

Microsoft has been promising that since "Chicago"... dropped again and again.

Could Linux do it?

I hope not. a DB as a filesystem just reeks.

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RE: Tagged filesystems
by FunkyELF on Fri 5th Nov 2010 13:47 in reply to "Tagged filesystems"
FunkyELF Member since:
2006-07-26

Adapting from a hierarchal structure to a tagged structure isn't a drag-and-drop replacement.


Why not?

You just need a new file manager and new open / save dialogs for applications. Keep the files actually stored in a hierarchical manner.

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