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[REBOL] Re: NTFS Stream Fun

From: anton:lexicon at: 7-Aug-2002 1:59

This is the first of streams that I have heard. I am sceptical about its long-term value, except to support applications that use it already (like Mac forks). Isn't it just creating a new namespace - therefore creating more work in creating/accessing/deleting the streams? So, you can hide some streams in one file, keeping them nicely together. But what is the advantage over a set of files in a directory? We already know how to create, access, move, delete, compress, decompress etc. files in a filesystem, why create another namespace? Then we just have to write a set of functions that translate between the two namespaces - a waste of time, in my view. But perhaps there is a high-performance situation where this NTFS feature is really useful. If someone can point it out, then I might change my mind. :) Anton.