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[REBOL] Re: NTFS Stream Fun

From: anton:lexicon at: 7-Aug-2002 14:30

So you're saying that the fact that the streams are more difficult to modify & and access is what makes them useful. A bit like information-hiding and public interfaces from object orientation. Seems like a useful concept - I can buy that. Although, what happens when you want to get rid of some "meta-data"? Or copy some meta-data to another file? It seems much like an archive, containing a bunch of files, one of which is a "default" file that has the data you probably want. If archives were transparently incorporated into the filesystem, then I can imagine accessing their contents directly using path notation: but referring to: would be equivalent to: File streaming was obviously designed to solve some specific problems, so I am not criticising it as such, just the excited reaction as if it is some wonderful new way of expressing relationships between clumps of data. File streams just add some special leaves to the branches of the hierarchical filesystem tree. Anton.