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    SubjectRe: The argument for fs assistance in handling archives (was: silent semantic changes with reiser4)
    Frank van Maarseveen wrote:

    >On Thu, Sep 02, 2004 at 11:33:24PM +0100, wrote:
    >>RTFS and you'll see. Individual fs generally knows how to check if it
    >>would be immediately unhappy with given image (not all types do, BTW).
    >>Exact form of checks depends on fs type; for crying out loud, there's
    >>not even a promise that they are mutually exclusive!
    >A user can stick an USB memory card with _any_ malformed fs data and
    >make troubles via the automounter or user mounts. Yes, mount might do
    >some more checks but it sure won't do an fsck.
    >The user gets what he deserves when sticking crap in an USB port.
    >And that doesn't mean that the kernel should accept any fs image
    >when a user tries to cd into the file.
    You don't need kernel support for cd'ing into fs images.
    You need a shell (or GUI app) that:
    1. notices that user tries to CD into a file, not a directory
    2. Attempts fs type detection and do a loop mount.
    3. Give error message if it wasn't a supported fs image.

    Helge Hafting
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