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    SubjectRe: NTFS-like streams?

    # The same thing can be conceptually used to create that wet dream of user
    # mounts: going "inside" tar-files by just mounting them as a
    # mini-filesystem on top of the file that is the tar archive. The strongest
    # argument against that is probably the fact that "tar" is not that great a
    # filesystem format ;)

    This is one of the things I liked about Windows 95's Powertoys - it came
    with a utility which let you treat a .CAB (Microsoft's zip/tar
    replacement - goodness knows why the existing formats weren't adequate) -
    as a directory, from the user perspective. Worked neatly, although it was
    read-only - but for the most part, that was all you needed (a nice method
    for extracting files from an archive).

    Being able to do..

    $ cp files.tar.gz/docs/mydoc1.txt .

    Would be useful.

    Being able to do..

    $ cp mydoc1.txt files.tar.gz/docs/

    Would be nice, but would be a pain to implement (and probably as slow as

    If 'tarfs' was ever implemented, I could see it being a read-only
    filesystem, for precisely this reason.

    Mo McKinlay Chief Software Architect inter/open Labs
    GnuPG Key: pub 1024D/76A275F9 2000-07-22 Mo McKinlay <>

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