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SubjectRe: The argument for fs assistance in handling archives
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Spam wrote:
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| Indeed, that's not the only interface that's been discussed.
| "file/..metas/is_isofs" might be consulted.
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|> What you are talking about isn't the kernel or such, but plugins that

Plugins are kernel-space. As Linus points out, dealing with mime-types
in the kernel is uncool.

|> could extend the filesystem. Plugins could store information about
|> contents, encodings, formatting, filesystems, etc, as meta-info. If
|> you have a plugin that would allow you to traverse files as disk
|> images then it could read those meta-data. But before those plugins
|> exist then there is no such standard for info stored as meta-data and
|> the kernel wouldn't know anything about this to begin with.

So implement a plugin which knows how to talk to a userland program
which knows about metadata. The plugin controls access to file-type.

Maybe there ought to be a general-purpose userland plugin interface? So
that the only things left in the kernel are things that have to be there
for speed and/or sanity reasons? (Things like cryptocompress and
standard file/directory plugins.)
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