From: Glen Gray (glen at domain antefacto.com)
Date: Mon 01 Oct 2001 - 10:24:38 IST
On Mon, 2001-10-01 at 09:59, John P. Looney wrote:
> > Ultimately, I'm thinking something like filesystem-as-database, with
> > file-watches / triggers / callbacks to "stored procedures" and all sorts of
> > weirdness - top of my list would be symlinks that are a bit like XML XPath,
> > so that you can readdir() a virtual directory of, or symlink to, "all files
> > in any subdirectory of /floogle/ last modified 3 days ago, that are mpegs" .
> You'd honestly find that useful ?
I recently read an article that proposed the idea that M$ are going to
do just that with SQL Server. Once WinXP is the supported platform for
home users too it means they have full 32bit OS platform to work from
and they can do what ever they like with their boot strap. This idea has
been around for a LONG time and was one of the fundamental features of
M$'s fabled Cairo OS (more of an ideal OS where windows should
eventually be rather than a project, they still aren't there yet). BeOS
went some way towards the File-system as a DB idea, not all they way
with metadata though as it was too big a job for them I believe.
> I did some work with FiST a while back (a stackable filesystem), which
> logged each & every write to the filesystem to a MySQL database. The idea
> being that it would keep a copy of the filesystem metadata in a database.
> I never finished it (ah, updatedb/locate/grep did the job, mostly).
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