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Re: Two approaches to data-hiding (for obliterate)

From: John Szakmeister <john_at_szakmeister.net>
Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2009 05:24:39 -0400

On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 4:07 PM, Julian Foad <julian.foad_at_wandisco.com> wrote:
> Branko Cibej wrote:
>> Julian Foad wrote:
>> > On Thu, 2009-10-01 at 19:16 +0200, Branko Cibej wrote:
>> >> Seriously: don't try to overload path-based authz [...]
>> >
>> > Thanks... but please read the rest of the thread first :-) I'm not.
>> Well yes; i did read it. Part of the differenceis the "repos-level" vs.
>> "filesystem-level", and with obliterate, you're deep in the latter.
>> Sooner or later.
> I really appreciate your feedback. And yes you're right that I'll be
> deep in the FS in the end, as my impression is that the space-saving
> aspect of obliterate is the more important aspect for the majority of
> users (users meaning administrators).

The other big reason I've heard for having obliterate is the "Whups!
I committed something that wasn't meant to be shared with these folks,
and I want to remove all traces of it" factor. Perhaps because of a
IP violation, a password, etc. It's good to be able to go back and
say: "It's gone. No, I really mean, it's *gone*." That screams
needing this at the FS level too.


Received on 2009-10-03 11:24:56 CEST

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