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Date:      Tue, 4 Sep 2001 21:43:43 +0000
From:      Kevin Way <kevin.way@overtone.org>
To:        Joseph Mallett <jmallett@NewGold.NET>
Cc:        freebsd-hackers@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Should URL's be pervasive.
Message-ID:  <20010904214343.B77906@bean.overtone.org>
In-Reply-To: <20010904161534.A97071@NewGold.NET>; from jmallett@NewGold.NET on Tue, Sep 04, 2001 at 04:15:34PM +0000
References:  <00000925020cf507d1@[192.168.1.4]> <E15eICB-0007ny-00@twwells.com> <20010904161534.A97071@NewGold.NET>

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> If you're really lazy and want to be able to do:
> 	telnet smtp://localhost
> I suggest you look into this relatively new invention called 
> '/etc/services' and read some manual pages. You'll find you can do 
> something quite similar, and much saner.

I'm quite sure that Mr. Sinz wasn't suggesting that telnet smtp://localhost
should do something useful.  Nor do I consider his idea "lazy".  I do think
that he was suggesting, and I concur, that there's no logical reason that
networked file access should be treated differently by user applications
than local file access.

I strongly suggest you read his post again, and think about how nice it is
for a moment that you can mount CODA, 9660, NFS, FFS, UFS, FAT, NTFS, SMBFS,
etc and have user-level programs access their data in exactly the same 
manner.

This is not an LSD-induced 'turn freebsd into windows' idea, it's a very
simple extension of ideas that FreeBSD already has in place.

Kevin Way

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