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Re: :zz,osmic,f3,unix: Could a cell be an inode? [resend]


Trying to set aside my dislike of HTML for a minute--

>This would allow us to incorporate cells
>that point to files or portions of files as you suggested. 

How could it point to "portions of files" without
 embedded anchors?

Or without resuscitating our currently-defunct
 TXT SRC server?


At 02:41 PM 10/2/98 +1000, you wrote:
>On Thu, Jul 02, 1998 at 12:49:38AM +0900, Ted Nelson wrote:
>> Is the following an Inspiration, or a Half Baked Idea?
>> We could make a cell a Unix inode
>>  (or in the worst case, a file),
>>  and let the fast Unix lookup mechanisms
>>  do that work for us.
>> Including, possibly, dereferencing a
>>  pointer-cell pointing to text.
>> I know that the hash database works very well,
>>  I'm just wondering if putting the cell mechanism down at a
>>  much lower level might have various forms of payoff.
>Sure, cells could be references to almost anything - in fact Bek's idea
>(of using references to URLs) is similar but more generalised.  Of course,
>the more general the reference and the more layers of dereferencing
>the slower the performance.  I suggest we adopt Bek's suggestion and
>make all cells references to URIs, and define some new URIs as needed
>(for OSMIC, for example).  This would allow us to incorporate cells
>that point to files or portions of files as you suggested.  This might
>also mean a change in the system where the Zigzag data contains only the
>links, and the data itself is stored elswhere - similar to Microcosm.
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