[Coco] Are the files in the /dd/SYS directory always ASCII ?
rickulland1 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 24 18:52:52 EDT 2020
Back in the 90's I completely abandoned trying to understand the OS9
root or sub directory contents. Since I did not know about
/home/username back then, I created a separate /dd/USR/program branch
for any program data files I could place at will. I did this because
MultiVue is also based on file extension, and needs the same data you
want to compile.
When you enter a directory, MultiVue caches each icon (*.aif) file it
sees along the way, that assigns the program to use for a particular
extension. Navigate direct to /dd/usr/dynastar, an AIF might declare
.doc to be a binary dynastar save. Go to /dd/help, an AIF declares .doc
as plaintext(prolly with an ancient CI$ sig at the bottom:-) todump to a
overlay window. Unfortunately, things fall apart as you move around, but
they had a thought.
I don't think anybody spends that much time organizing their OS9 any
more, but without Unix magic file type bytes and outside of a few dead
ringers like .txt, you sort of have to start with absolute location plus
full filename, then some kind of .aif file mapper in case Multivue is
installed and modifies the default values in some locations, and
finally, some guesses based on typical extension. It's quite a task.
Anyway, I never added anything outside of /dd/USR, so this half
recovered hard drive might not a have a huge example set, but it's a
clean sample of placement overruling file extension...
CMDS - binarys, ICONS dir (multivue icon bitmaps)
COM - KBCOM dialer dir
DATA - BvdP ‘diskcat’ data files
DEFS - C compiler header files
DOCS - text .doc files from way back
INPUTQ - KBCOM input queue
KA9Q - all things KA9Q(qv)
LIB - C compiler library files
LOG - cron logs
OUTPUTQ – KBCOM output queue
SYS - ad hoc per filename
CLIP - from some gfx program
DIAL - from some telecom program
ETHAWIN – etahwin txt cfg files (I blame Allen)
FONTS - binary fonts dir
And then anything the user might edit lies in /dd/USR/program, where each program can claim any file extension via .aif and so Good Luck With That.
I should compare this to Nitros9, I'm sure they have more to add but
that is a whole project for next big snowfall.
On 9/24/20 3:18 PM, Jeff Teunissen wrote:
> Text directory list? I don't know to what this refers, but it smells of
> "not the best approach".
> On Thu, Sep 24, 2020, 11:00 AM <coco at jechar.ca> wrote:
>> Ok so I will not put /dd/sys on the text directory list.
>> On 2020-09-23 21:39, L. Curtis Boyle wrote:
>>> Fonts aren’t really, or the stdptrs, etc.
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>> On Sep 23, 2020, at 6:16 PM, coco at jechar.ca wrote:
>>>> I have not encountered any exceptions myself.
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