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shell function which allows you to tag files by creating symbolic links directories in a 'tags' folder.

Terminal - shell function which allows you to tag files by creating symbolic links directories in a 'tags' folder.
tag() { local t="$HOME/tags/$1"; [ -d $t ] || mkdir -p $t; shift; ln $* $t;}
2012-02-08 12:40:45
User: bartonski
Functions: ln mkdir
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shell function which allows you to tag files by creating symbolic links directories in a 'tags' folder.

The tag function takes a tag name as its first argument, then a list of files which take that tag. The directory $HOME/tags/tagname will then hold symbolic links to each of the tagged files. This function was inspired by tmsu (found at https://bitbucket.org/oniony/tmsu/wiki/Home).

Example:

tag dog airedale.txt .shizturc weimeraner.pl

This will create $HOME/tags/dog which contains symbolic links to airedale.txt .shizturc and weimeraner.pl

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Terminal - Alternatives
tag() { local t="$HOME/tags/$1"; [ -d $t ] || mkdir -p $t; shift; local i; for i in $*; do ln -s $(readlink -f $i) $t;done}
2012-02-10 15:43:02
Functions: ln mkdir readlink
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shell function which allows you to tag files by creating symbolic links directories in a 'tags' folder.

The tag function takes a tag name as its first argument, then a list of files which take that tag. The directory $HOME/tags/tagname will then hold symbolic links to each of the tagged files. This function was modified from bartonski's (http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/10216) inspired by tmsu (found at https://bitbucket.org/oniony/tmsu/wiki/Home) with readlink function by flxndn (http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/10222).

Example:

tag dog airedale.txt .shizturc weimeraner.pl

This will create $HOME/tags/dog which contains symbolic links to airedale.txt .shizturc and weimeraner.pl

Know a better way?

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What others think

But it only works with arguments with absolue paths, if you use relativa paths the links will only works in the same directory where the tags were created.

Comment by flxndn 237 weeks and 6 days ago

Egad, that's frustrating... hard to fix in a one-liner.

Comment by bartonski 237 weeks and 5 days ago

changed call to ln so that it creates hard links rather than symbolic... not being able to use relative paths is more of a hindrance (for me) than not being able to tag files across file systems.

Comment by bartonski 237 weeks and 5 days ago

flxdn: I assume your full path function was to fix the issue? I'm holding off on posting the alternative using readlink.

Comment by MeanderingCode 237 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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