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do you know the labels Gmail (and possibly others) allow to use with emails? I find them very useful, you can tag each email with many labels (instead of organizing them into directories), and then displaying only those with a particular label.
I was wandering if files in linux can be tagged the same way. In a particular example, I have many articles in .pdf which I want to organize better than building directories. One article could have different labels on it.
I guess one method could be still using directories and links, but I don't really like it. I would prefer to stamp the information on the file itself, and leaving all the files in a single directory, extracting only those that have the label I am interested in.
do you have any suggestion? does this feature exist? how would you do it?
Labels in gmail are nothing but folder tags. As you mentioned, creating individual directories is one option, but one thing I'd like to ask that do you want such labels in command line (while you displaying files) or in GUI i.e. when you open a windows (e.g /home/user) and you see files/dir. tagged with colorful labels?
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well, a colorful GUI with movable labels with a search engine would be nice, but hard to get I guess.
So I will be happy with a terminal command (find-like?).
The problem with (sub)directories+links is that the information of the label would not be stored within the file.
Soft links could suffer if the original file is modified.
Probably using hard links is a reasonable solution?
(in this case I could use a software to organize articles and bibliography, but I don't like any of them...)
I think what you are really looking for is a tag based filesystem; searching the web turns up quite a few hits for that, but I get the impression most of the projects are at alpha level and not really ready to just install and go.
Yes, that is it. It really seems a good idea to me, though apparently difficult to implement. Here a nice discussion.
I'll give a try with xattr, but a graphical interface in this case (with e.g. autocompletion for existing tags) is quite fundamental.