I think there is some general confusion on the relation between all four of these items scattered throughout the web. I wanted to get this straightened out.
- Are named forks the same as extended attributes? If not, what are extended attributes?
- Is the resource fork still implemented as a fork or as an extended attribute? If it is implemented some other way, then how?
- The metadata stored with a file (creator, date modified...) is there any relation or overlap in terminology between the other three mentioned. An example would be, are extended attributes just extra metadata pairs (key + value) stored on a file.
Any answers that can clarify how all four of these are interrelated, especially regarding the three question would be greatly appreciated, and contribute to settling disputes I see occurring across different resources.