Specification for per directory settings

Patryk Zawadzki patrys at pld-linux.org
Thu Aug 21 10:28:57 PDT 2008

On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 6:36 PM, Adrien BUSTANY <madcat at mymadcat.com> wrote:
> Clearly we need a lib to abstract that. We also need to make that lib
> totally desktop independant...
> And also I'd really be happy if we reach a point where the solution we
> choose can be defined as a standard (that was my initial point). I guess
> that implies that there should be more than two people participating in this
> discussion :-) Maybe a blog article would be a good way to get people into
> the discussion, but I don't have a blog :-s

I think it would be enough to make gio/gvfs/kio preserve the
attributes (all attributes, not only the folder related ones) when
copying/moving files and directories (and to create fallback files
when the need arises). High level apps can then just use the gio/kio
calls to manage the attributes and the storage mechanism is abstracted
away. That should be standardized and agreed upon first.

Only then we can start thinking about higher level standards like
folder view-specific attributes or MIME-type storage.

Of course apps not using the vfs apis will likely break the attributes
but they fall out of scope of the specification (and they also break
stuff on OSX).

Patryk Zawadzki

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