Re: Suggestion for new filesystem : tar files ?

Pavel Machek (
Fri, 11 Sep 1998 11:37:00 +0200


> I'm wondering if anyone has ever tried to implement tar files as a filesystem
> in Linux ?
> It sounds to me like it would be simple (at least for the read-only case), and
> could be useful, eg. easily examining and extracting files from distributions
> of software, or recovering backups, without having to use special commands.
> Probably using compressed tar files ( *.tar.gz ) would be tricky and slow
> though I suspect, since decoding each byte depends on the whole earlier
> contents of the file (as I understand it).

It has been done. Look at for hacked
nfs server which cooperates with midnight commander's libvfs to make
access to tar files transparent for you.


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