#2301 new defect

The term "filesystem" is too overloaded.

Reported by: Zancas Owned by: Zancas
Priority: minor Milestone: undecided
Component: documentation Version: 1.10.0
Keywords: docs names naming Cc:
Launchpad Bug:

Description (last modified by daira)

When we describe the application as a filesystem, people anticipate it to have properties it does not (e.g. POSIX compliance), if I understand properly.

Since the application will never have those properties, it should be described as something other than a filesystem.

Here's a snippet warner and I chatting in IRC:

<zancas> Would it be useful to replace the term "filesystem" with something
         else in this (and other docs)?
<zancas> If yes, is there an agreed upon replacement?  [13:32]
<warner> hm, good question  [13:34]
<warner> I suppose "storage system" is slightly less misleading

I'll change the word "filesystem" to "data store" "storage system" in the commit I'm making. Even if this doesn't pass review it'll draw welcome attention to the issue.

Change History (6)

comment:1 Changed at 2014-09-22T19:39:14Z by Zancas

Hmmpphh... oopps... I meant "filesystem" to "storage system".

comment:4 Changed at 2014-09-23T21:58:00Z by daira

  • Keywords docs added; name removed

comment:5 Changed at 2014-09-23T21:58:19Z by daira

  • Owner changed from marlowe to Zancas

comment:6 Changed at 2014-09-23T21:59:04Z by daira

  • Description modified (diff)
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