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Date:      Tue, 4 Sep 2001 11:32:59 -0400 (EDT)
From:      Charlie Root <root@twwells.com>
To:        freebsd-hackers@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Should URL's be pervasive.
Message-ID:  <E15eICB-0007ny-00@twwells.com>
In-Reply-To: <00000925020cf507d1@[192.168.1.4]> from "Michael Sinz" at Sep 04, 2001 11:00:37 AM

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> All of this started with the quest for URIs being useable everywhere.

It's a stupid quest, for reasons others have pointed out.

> > When this isn't possible or
> > reasonable, it's not only difficult but *wrong* to abstract.
>
> I never said this was trivial.  We (which includes me) tried to start
> such a project at Amiga (Commodore) - It was well before HTTP was so
> popular.  The goal was to hide the specifics and provide a single operation.
> FTP support was via a local cache while the file was open and if you did
> a write, it would write back the file at close time.

See above. There's a reason AFS hasn't replaced NFS.

> I was not asking for a magic bullet.  (Well, not this time :-)
> I was asking that the OS support reading and/or writing of data (whatever
> that may be) to a file/filehandle that was created via a standard
> system call.

Pipes, named or otherwise.

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