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Re: Resurrecting 'Mac OS X "resource fork" support'

From: Molle Bestefich <molle.bestefich_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-09-21 09:49:41 CEST

Danny Dawson wrote:
> 1. Resource forks are platform-specific.

Seems to me that at least NTFS supports a similar concept:

Every file has a default (unnamed) stream, but you can create
alternate (named) streams on a file easily:

C:\> echo hello > myfile.txt
C:\> echo goodbye > myfile.txt:mystream
C:\> dir /b my*
C:\> more < myfile.txt
C:\> more < myfile.txt:mystream

The Security Descriptor, extended attributes and timestamps relate to
the file, and are thus common to all streams.

Other ways of accessing the default data stream include ":" and "::$DATA":
C:\> echo whee > myfile.txt:
C:\> more < myfile.txt
C:\> echo poop > myfile.txt::$DATA
C:\> more < myfile.txt

Having a $DATA identifier for the stream data sort of suggests that
the stream has other properties than it's blob. I've never seen any
mentioned / used anywhere. Who knows.

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