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Old 02-05-2013, 07:37 AM   #61
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Originally Posted by j.p.s View Post
If device makers would ditch brain dead FAT file systems and go to something unixy, multiple collections could be handled with symbolic links. At least for devices already running linux that have SD card support, this could be done for close to zero cost and effort, and those usrs that want or (shudder) need FAT could still go their own way.
Except that that would make it harder to connect your device to a Windows PC. You'd have to distribute a driver for your "unixy" filesystem as opposed to being supported out of the box. You could do that but you'd need to make sure that the driver was robust and you'd have to install it (which probably involves a reboot). FAT is supported on all versions of Windows as well as any non-ancient MacOS and Linux.

Plus symbolic links, whilst useful for many tasks, are the wrong way to implement what is essentially a metadata tag. You'd have to implement something in the device's firmware to create the links and if you're going to do that you might as well implement proper collections as metadata.
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