Re: [ANN] Squashfs 3.0 released

From: Phillip Lougher
Date: Thu Mar 16 2006 - 20:27:50 EST

On 17 Mar 2006, at 01:05, Andreas Dilger wrote:

On Mar 17, 2006 00:45 +0000, Phillip Lougher wrote:
Squashfs 3.0 has finally been released. Squashfs 3.0 is a major
improvement to Squashfs, and it addresses most of the issues that
that have been raised, particularly the 4GB filesystem and file

Sometimes it is useful for the casual reader if you include a brief
blurb about what exactly squashfs is... :-)

Ok, for those who are interested, old blurb from the README follows:

"Squashfs is a highly compressed read-only filesystem for Linux.
It uses zlib compression to compress both files, inodes and directories.
Inodes in the system are very small and all blocks are packed to minimise
data overhead. Block sizes greater than 4K are supported up to a maximum
of 64K.

Squashfs is intended for general read-only filesystem use, for archival
use (i.e. in cases where a .tar.gz file may be used), and in constrained
block device/memory systems (e.g. embedded systems) where low overhead is

At the moment it tends to be used for embedded systems, and liveCDs.


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