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Request for Comments: libarchive, bsdtar

On Wed, Jan 14, 2004 at 10:22:02PM +0100, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:
> In message <40059DFB_(_dot_)_9000904_(_at_)_mail_(_dot_)_ru>, Vladimir Dozen writes:
> >ehlo.
> >
> >> If you become a bored person requiring entertainment, it might be quite
> >> interesting to create a read-only tarfs for use as a root file system
> >> loaded in an md device.
> >
> >   I'm just curious: is it possible to write a GEOM class to mount
> >   a given tar as a FS in R/O mode (using libarchive, I mean)?
> That would be a filesystem, not a GEOM class.
> And yes it would be.  Part of the trouble is directory searches
> where you need to build some kind of index in order to not have
> to run through sequentially all the time.

For cases where you know you're going to be using the archive as a file
system, you might be able to cheat a bit by creating a special file
containing an efficent index of the contents of the archive.  That would
let you avoid keeping everything in memory and rescanning the disk

-- Brooks

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