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"file system" is the wrong term I suppose, however if you use KDE you can use akonadi http://pim.kde.org/akonadi.

Also you can use a set of custom scripts and a filesystem that supports xattrs (ext2,3,4, btrfs, xfs, jfs).

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is it finished? Windows version? –  therobyouknow Nov 24 '10 at 11:13
It is finished, I don't know about windows though. –  OneOfOne Nov 24 '10 at 11:20

I have recently released an alpha of my new program that does this on Linux. It provides a command-line tool and virtual file system so you can browse by tag in any other program.


I am planning an eventual Windows port but have not got that far with the project yet.

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Answer: there isn't one for all platforms it seems, as far as the collective knowledge superuser.com knowledge can suggest.

Credit to OneOfOne for their suggestion on Linux-based systems. Not sure how advanced this project is, or if it is being ported to Windows or other platforms like Apple Mac. (I run all three platforms). Couldn't award as the accepted answer as it is not an all platform solution.

Seems like my need is not so popular though I am puzzled as delicious.com organises bookmarks using tags, flickr for photos, youtube for video, - and tagging data seems more natural and flexible to me than rigid folders, so why then has this not been taken up in the personal computing space? Search started off on the internet, then we had various Desktop search tools with the same UIs as the internet equivalents. So why not tagged file systems.

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metadata file systems have been a coming thing... for the last 30 years. –  Journeyman Geek May 17 '11 at 0:51
> metadata file systems have been a coming thing... for the last 30 years. Indeed. WinFS was supposed to be a “killer app” in Vista, but that was all but cancelled. :-( > Seems like my need is not so popular though It is popular, it’s just not easy enough to implement properly. Many have tried… and failed. I think that as more and more people use computers and need to manage files, it will become more necessary until someone finally just does it. –  Synetech Feb 8 '12 at 20:56

Akonadi is a Personal Information Manager, it somehow holds together different metadata coming from Emails and Calendar... a bit like Outlook does. Tabbles is about tagging/searching mostly files - not at all the same thing.

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