SPUG: Adapting tagsfs
choward at indicium.us
Tue Sep 2 20:35:04 PDT 2008
Question: Have any of you played around with document management using Perl?
Reason I ask: Over my college years I've downloaded and scanned a large
number scholarly documents and photos. (At least 1500 files, I
think.) Until now, my strategy for managing those documents has been
to organize them into a traditional subject-based hierarchy of
directories. But it has become quite difficult to maintain such order,
and find things in it.
I'd like to take a different approach. I want to keep all my documents
in one directory (or as few as possible), and organize and search
through them with some kind of external meta-data system. The idea is
to be able to find documents I'm look for using tags, such as keywords.
One thought I had was to use somekind of Perlish interface to a MySQL
database, with the meta-data residing inside the MySQL database.
Another thought was to use XML files that stand along-side the real
files, with the meta-data inside XML tags. I've actually put a little
work towards the latter option, as it seemed very easy to set up.
Also, another Linux user suggested this:
I'm not real familiar with tagsfs, but apparently it uses FUSE and some
Perl bindings to organize music files. He thought I might be able to
adapt it to my needs by editing the code. (This approach doesn't seem
real attractive to me, but I thought I'd mention it in case it really
was a good idea.)
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