a little (folish?) idea
joerg at britannica.bec.de
Tue Sep 14 06:13:06 PDT 2004
On Tue, 14 Sep 2004 00:31:15 +0200, Martin P. Hellwig wrote:
> One sleepless night I wondered if it wouldn't be handy if I could create
> a file which is ordinary in the sense that you can edit it with vi or
> whatever tool of your choice, but behind the scene is actually a view on
> a database.
> And I mean this quite literal in the sense that it's not like a cron job
> which checks if the files are still the same, but more in the way of a
> âserver sideâ push.
> So that after the write on the edited file , the changes (after an
> optional sanity check) are updated in the database.
> Other views change and so do the other âview-textfilesâ who depend on
> the same (shared) table/data.
That's kind of what Reiser implemented in reiser4. I don't like the idea
because it places a lot of burden on the system.
> Well that would be the administrative tasks, the real challenge would be
> to create a certain framework which makes this possible.
The opposite direction, moving all the stuff into a tree and querying that
has been taken in the past multiple times. Good examples are supposedly
netinfo (from Next/MacOSX) and LDAP. Bad examples include the Windows
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