| ||Ask HN: What are the technical justifications for keeping .DS_Store?|
106 points by kaptain on June 26, 2020 | hide | past | favorite | 91 comments |
|I was hoping that with macos 11 we would see the deprecation of .DS_Store. I'm not running the beta so perhaps it is, but what has surprised me is its sustained longevity. What are the technical reasons for keeping .DS_Store? It is essentially a application-specific (i.e. Mac Finder) solution that pollutes the data store.|
Off the top of my head I can think of a number of other solutions to store directory metadata: a Finder-specific database mapping values to directory paths, resource forks (ala OS 9), etc.
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