Moving Baloo forward

Francesco R. vivo75 at
Tue Jan 21 01:24:01 GMT 2014

Il 21/01/2014 02:10, Vishesh Handa ha scritto:
> On Saturday 18 January 2014 12:53:38 Jonathan Marten wrote:
>> Vishesh Handa <me at> writes:
>> Thanks for producing that useful page, and of course for all your past
>> and current work on Nepomuk and Baloo.  There is one statement there
>> that makes me a little concerned:
>> "This metadata is now stored with the extended attributes of the file
>> instead of storing it in a separate database."
>> Am I right in assuming that this means xattr?  If so, would there be
>> implications for cases where those extended attributes may not get
>> preserved or are not supported:
>> - simple copy/move of a file using cp/mv (with the default options)
>> - copy/move of a file using KIO
>> - network file systems (NFS or SMB)
>> - backup/restore
>> - FAT filesystems
>> - platforms other then Linux
>> Hoping that none of those will make normal use impossible, but if
>> there would be problems or workarounds needed with any of these then
>> they ought to be addressed early.
> Hey
> The idea is that in systems which do not support xattr a secondary database 
> will be used to store the information. So, it will be very similar to the 
> situation we had with Nepomuk.
just always use an additional database, xattrs are not the way to go.
Managing xattrs require a conscious user, many programs by default don't
even copy xattrs.

> I still have to implement this.
maybe start without additional metadata, but xattrs must not reach user

>> Regards, Jonathan
Francesco Riosa

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