Breathnach, Proinnsias (Dublin) wrote:
> Acorn used to have this in RiscOS (probably still have), where a directory
> which had a name beginning with a "!" was an application. This then had a
> graphic file !Sprites, an execute script !Run and an FS browser
> initilisation script !Boot ...
>> !Boot did basic things to make the OS "aware" of the application and set
> application paths etc. !Run was the script that was run when you "executed"
> the directory, and !Sprites held all the icons relevant to the application.
>> Problem was far too many libraries loaded on the system ... although IIRC
> the OS managed those very well ...
>>No, I mean the thing where an "application" is basically a
>>directory containing binaries, libraries, configuration,
>>which then appears in the GUI as a single icon. I think
>>this is done in Mac too? And GNUStep...
>>>>It would be nice to have this at the command line level too.
>>Basically executing the "directory" would run the application.
>>But you could also cd into the directory and mess with stuff
>>(given the right permissions).
It would have been really nice if there were
reserved characters (at least 1), for filenames
in unix that could be interpreted for various
things. Currently the only chars that are illegal
are NUL and /.
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