Uniform name space referrals with location independence

  • US 20050149528A1
  • Filed: 03/09/2005
  • Published: 07/07/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/30/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method of accessing content in file systems, comprising steps of:

  • receiving, at a first location, a request for a file object;

    determining that the requested file object is not stored at the first location but that the first location stores, for the requested file object, a referral to a different location;

    creating, responsive to the determining step, a symbolic reference for the requested file object, the symbolic reference comprising an indicator and a key associated with the stored referral; and

    returning, as a response to the request, the symbolic reference, whereby a function at a receiver of the response is adapted for using the key, responsive to detecting the indicator in the response, to locate the requested file object.

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