[GRASS-dev] metadata naming and location

Vaclav Petras wenzeslaus at gmail.com
Thu Aug 14 06:40:38 PDT 2014

On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 7:49 AM, Matej Krejci <matejkrejci at gmail.com> wrote:

> path/to/location/mapset/metadata

What I'm nervous about is that putting things into directories using "by
(file) type" approach (cell/name, cellhd/name, cats/name, ...) rather then
"by object" approach (vector/name/*) is something we consider obsolete and
it is not used for vector. Also we are talking about changing raster to
follow the "by object" approach in the future.

But putting the metadata separately makes perfect sense because of possible
external location and because it is not so invasive to the current system.
I guess these are the same reasons why raster directory layout is what it
is. Moreover, even for vector, for attributes in particular, we are not
strictly keeping "by object" approach (and we cannot since we want to be
able to connect to one external storage).

So, I really don't know which approach is better. Maybe, it is really the
combination of both.

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