[tahoe-dev] down with filesystems! up with the web! -- Re: [tahoe-lafs] #776: users are confused by "tahoe rm"

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Mon Jan 4 02:36:09 UTC 2010

James A. Donald wrote:
>> Everyone is happy to browse arbitrary 
>> graphs.  No one likes to manipulate arbitrary graphs.  Engineers are 
>> barely OK manipulating directed acyclic graphs.  The rest of the 
>> population are only going to manipulate trees, and if it is not a tree, 
>> it is a bug.

David-Sarah Hopwood wrote:
> A tree-structured filesystem is not implementable under the constraints
> that apply to a distributed system like Tahoe that supports fine-grained
> sharing of directories and files. 

As to whether it is implementable in tahoe, I cannot say, but it is 
implementable in a system that supports fine grained sharing of 
directories and files - for sharing is browsing, rather than manipulation.

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