mapping files to objects
Alaric B. Williams
Thu, 8 May 1997 18:10:59 +0000
> Maybe I'm just overly fixated on a few screw cases that happen to be some of
> the first cases that I'll want to deal with. These are the cases that lead me
> to want to find ways to declare the type of a particular file/directory.
Yes, this UNIXy filing madness seems to need a special resolving mechanism.
File extensions can do quite a bit of the work, with magic number checking
for hard cases (like - no extension!), and as the Final Fallback, such
as /directories/ that are really single objects (mail folders), have
a type-declarations file.
Have directories with extensions ever happened?
> All I really want is a better interface to Unix file systems so I can start
> implementing routines that read such files. If we can agree on an interface,
> I'll probably throw together something minimal for my own use making lots of
> assumptions and get started. I can then replace my minimal stub with a real
> implementation when there is one. What I don't want is to just write code
> like I would do in C (or did do in perl) that only sees files as streams of
Alaric B. Williams (email@example.com)
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