status: final (2005-03-08)
library name: vicinities
A vicinity is a descriptor for a place in the file system. Vicinities hide from the programmer the concepts of host, volume, directory, and version. Vicinities express only the concept of a file environment where a file name can be resolved to a file in a system independent manner.
All of these procedures are file-system dependent. Use of these vicinity procedures can make programs file-system independent.