[tahoe-dev] Tahoe-LAFS is widely misunderstood

Greg Troxel gdt at ir.bbn.com
Mon Jan 31 15:20:09 UTC 2011

Kevin Reid <kpreid at switchb.org> writes:

> On Jan 31, 2011, at 2:35, Zooko O'Whielacronx wrote:
>> 4. The misunderstanding that Tahoe-LAFS puts secrets into filenames
>> which (if I understand correctly) James Donald was under when he
>> posted http://tahoe-lafs.org/pipermail/tahoe-dev/2011-January/005966.html
> This reads to me as non-agreement about "what is a filename" not "what
> does Tahoe-LAFS do with filenames-in-sense-a".

True, but tahoe breaks the dominant paradigm.  Since long ago,
filesystems have had names, and inode numbers.  inode numbers have
always been non-interesting; you know they are there and have to be kept
track of, but many users are never aware of them, and even the
uber-nerds look at them very rarely.  caps are partly like inodes, but
due to the decentralized nature they are also used as mount points --
which inodes basically never are.  I think it's this use of caps as
mount points (or faux mount points, for WUI/CLI) that confuses people
into thinking they are names.

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