[cad-linux] Re: Design methodology for an open geometric data management standard

  • From: Bruno Postle <bruno@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: CAD Linux list <cad-linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2003 22:55:43 +0100

On Sun 07-Sep-2003 at 11:30:50PM +0200, Janek Kozicki wrote:
> just one (perhaps stupid?) thing sparked my mind. If a filename is an
> attribute. And layer/color/material/whatever is an attribute, we could
> store this information in a filename?

> l#road-c#red-m#wood-celery-1045317918-1278-225423.circle
> (choose any other delimeter instead of `#`, maybe `:` ?)

This is very similar to the Maildir format for mail archives:


Maildir even uses ':' to delimit attributes, though I always thought
that it was just a nasty hack (very effective though).

In the long term, with filesystems like ReiserFS4, files can have
arbitrary extended attributes - The problem is that a lot of tools
have to change before this is ever going to be practical for normal


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