User Defined Files

Abstract

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} }