mapping files to objects

Chris Bitmead uid(x22068)
Wed, 07 May 1997 10:41:25 +1000

>In the interest of getting something that is (a) implementable on top of the 
>Unix file system and (b) has semantics that can be expanded to The Right 
>Thing (tm) later, I'd like to make a modest proposal (no, we aren't going to 
>eat our young).

I can't see how this can be expanded to the The Right Thing (tm) later
on. Any mapping scheme where 1 UNIX file = 1 Lisp object will be
terribly inefficient. Any scheme where 1 UNIX file = many Lisp objects
already is an OOFS and therefore is pretty much the right thing

The scheme proposed may well be good as a compatibility scheme for
external file systems.