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Re: Ading a wastebasket

On Wed, Sep 23, 1998 at 01:31:48PM +0200, Michael Meskes wrote:

> So I wonder whether these is a package taking care of this. Otherwise I
> might consider writing one. My idea would be to create a library that
> overloads the unlink() call. I wonder if others would be interested in
> this too.

I'm glad someone else had this idea :)

I think it will work.  More generally, we should have a system that
redirects URL's and converts files from one type to another as necessary.  I
have some sample code (last tested with libc5, unfortunately) at:

You might want to take a look.  The most annoying thing about overriding
libc calls is that it's very libc-specific :( 

Ah, if only I had time to pursue that particular project.

unlink() is a good start, though.  If you do decide to go through with that,
it would be nice if it could (for example) notice a "disk full" error on
write and auto-flush the trash can directory to make room.  Then as long as
you always have your library LD_PRELOADed, any program you have that needs
more disk space will be able to get it.

There are lots of possible problems you could run into, though, so watch

Good luck,


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