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]: Use directories as tags
by sorpigal on Fri 5th Nov 2010 15:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Use directories as tags"
sorpigal
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2005-11-02

The answer is drill-down tag clouds.

In a filter box type a simple string. Below you see all tags matching that substring with accompanying folder icons. Click on a folder icon to open a window showing all files tagged with that tag and a set of "folders" showing the union of all tags applied to all files tagged with the first tag. Clicking into one of these folders brings up a similar list showing all files tagged with the first tag and the second tag, plus folders representing the union of all other tags that those files have applied. Continue to drill down in this manner until the file set becomes small enough that you can search by file name or other meta data, or until there are no relevant tags to drill in to.

This gives you arbitrary "hierarchies" which are not rigid.

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