User Defined Files


In the past, there has been conflict between the application programmer's desire for specialized file types and the system programmer's desire to keep the operating system compact. A solution is proposed that allows a simple file or group of simple files to be encapsulated by a user program. The resulting entity (called a user-defined file) allows arbitrarily complex special-purpose file types to be emulated without continuous modifications to the operating system.

DOI: 10.1145/850716.850721

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@article{Bailey1981UserDF, title={User Defined Files}, author={Kirk A. Bailey and Lee Boynton and Paul E. McKenney and Gary J. Oliver and Dave Regan}, journal={Operating Systems Review}, year={1981}, volume={15}, pages={75-84} }