Re: Plans for gnome-vfs replacement

On Tue, 2006-09-19 at 16:17, Alexander Larsson wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-09-19 at 16:14 +0200, Xavier Bestel wrote:
> > On Tue, 2006-09-19 at 14:54, Alexander Larsson wrote:
> > > Lets take a step back and define the requirements we have:
> > > 
> > > We need to have a form of identifier for files. These come in two forms,
> > > absolute and relative (e.g. name of a child to a folder). They must be
> > > persistable (if we save a reference somewhere it must make sense on a
> > > later login) and transportable (if we pass a reference via e.g. a
> > > desktop link to another machine or another user it must make some sort
> > > of sense). The exact contents of such identifiers have no special
> > > requirements, in fact they could theoretically be binary blobs for all
> > > users care, but it does seem nice if we could use something as close as
> > > possible to filenames for local files.
> > 
> > In that case, would it be possible to have it only be built from
> > conversion functions and not let applications know what's inside ?
> > That way "implementation" can change ad-how.
> I'm not sure what you mean. We can't change the identifier ever, because
> that would break the persistable requirement.

Oh, yes I forgot.
What I meant is, if you make the identifier format private, people will
have less problems with conversions from/to display names.


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