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Seahaven Technology - II

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Seahaven expands to CandS.app. This means that even our Xfile subscribers get this great technology.

Seahaven is the code name for our attempt to 'neutralise' a lot of things going on in an increasingly bewildering desktop OS. The spread of extended attributes (XAs) seems to know no bounds, be it the relatively innocuous XA for 'last used' or even stranger, it's bad, just bad, and it's hard to see how this is being done for your benefit.

We've long thought that 'this is it, now they've gone too far, we're getting out', only to be beseeched by clients to keep it up, to 'keep fighting the good fight'.

So we do, and so here we are.

Seahaven will always be in development as long as Apple keep on their current course. Future enhancements include a complete code switch over to FSEvents ('file system events') powering both 'TFF' and Spotlight, at which point they'd be forced to gut and replace more stuff, at an even deeper level.

Seahaven now takes over both CandS and Lightman. One important enhancement: the Seahaven trigger is set a second time for good measure, just after the three-second mark. A future research project will dig into the ugly 'Carbon' FSEvents which TFF uses to this day. That can prove to be a great service to export!

The ultimate goal, of course, is to have a completely background service (daemon) that synchronises specific directories for changes, then strips all XAs on all files in those directories. Configurable as much as possible. As this technology would be based on the FSEvents used by both TFF and Spotlight, it might be more impervious to sabotage. But FSEvents is 'Carbon' - and REALLY ugly... This technology could, in theory, lead to a generic framework API (in other words: exportable) that triggers (wakes up) clients on changes to a given directory...

Using CandS rather than Lightman makes sense. Lightman eavesdrops on *everything* which takes more traffic. CandS eavesdrops only on specific notifications and events related to Seahaven's task at hand - much less traffic. And CandS is dedicated to cleaning Apple's XAs - the same thing.

But you now have two weapons. And there are more to come. Cheers.

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