[UFO Chicago] very newbie 'nix question

Larry Garfield lgarfiel@students.depaul.edu
Sat, 26 Jan 2002 18:49:39 -0600

Now see what you've started, John? :-)

Nick Moffitt wrote:

> > Yes, the API consistency is nice and one of the biggest advantages
> > of *NIX, but neither a device, pipe, socket, nor a directory is a
> > file.  The implementation of a directory may be via a convenient
> > reuse of the "regular file" storage mechanism, but it is not a file
> > as your average human being would term it.
>         Your average human being would think of a file as either a
> tool for grinding or a collection of information about a particular
> topic.  An average human being would think of a directory as a
> collection of mappings from information to its actual location.  A
> directory or index page often appears in real world file folders or
> books.
>         The metaphors are incorrect to begin with, so the nits you're
> picking right now are particularly small.

Larry Garfield

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