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: Not just tagging
by koorogi on Fri 5th Nov 2010 00:09 UTC in reply to "Not just tagging"
koorogi
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2010-11-04

My mind naturally categorizes things hierarchically, but I have had times when I wished a file could be in two folders.


This has been possible for ages. It's supported by all POSIX-compliant OSes, plus Windows NT4+. It's called a hard link.

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RE[2]: Not just tagging
by Zifre on Fri 5th Nov 2010 12:30 in reply to "RE: Not just tagging"
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2009-10-04

This has been possible for ages. It's supported by all POSIX-compliant OSes, plus Windows NT4+. It's called a hard link.

Yes, I know about hard links. However, I have to get out the command line to create them.

Also, I would generally like it so that if I delete the file from one directory, it would disappear from all the others too. Hard links don't work like that. (You could do that with symbolic links, but you would be left with broken links.)

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RE[3]: Not just tagging
by sorpigal on Fri 5th Nov 2010 15:05 in reply to "RE[2]: Not just tagging"
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2005-11-02

You don't need to use the command line for hard links if your file manager is sufficiently good. Konqueror has always supported linking as an action from its drag+drop popup menu. Still, it's true that hard links are not a viable solution and are a nightmare to manage.

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