Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: > Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote: >> It flags alarms, it is obscure, and generally it is bad form to have hidden >> files anywhere but under user homes anyway. There certainly is no excuse to >> have anything hidden inside the system hierarchies, you WANT to easily know >> what is there. > > Sure there is. For example, mooix uses ".mooix" as a flag file in > directories that are mooix objects, and uses other dotfiles inside > objects for fields that are only accessible by methods of that object > and are hidden from casual interspection (as opposed to public > fields). It is always bad practice to hide things from the user or system administrator, particularly outside their $HOME. If you need to store additional metadata about files or directories, you really should be using POSIX 1003.1e extended attributes. It's supported by glibc. Regards, Roger -- Roger Leigh Printing on GNU/Linux? http://gutenprint.sourceforge.net/ Debian GNU/Linux http://www.debian.org/ GPG Public Key: 0x25BFB848. Please sign and encrypt your mail.
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