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How big can the attributes for a file be on the BeOS? What kinds of data can I store in a file attribute?

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BeOS, Features, file, name, limit, character, file system
The Be File System in the BeOS supports file attributes of any size or data type. The limitations are exactly the same as for files themselves (see the previous items).

For an attribute to be indexable, and therefore searchable, it must be of a more basic (and smaller) data type, such as integer or string (256 characters maximum).

Plug-in "foreign" file systems mounted under the BeOS which do not support attribute-adorned files (such as Mac OS HFS or DOS FAT) will obviously not be able to have or use file attributes of any size or type.

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