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Cool User File Systems: ArchiveMount

Jul 22, 2010, 20:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeffrey B. Layton)

"Have you ever wanted to look inside a tar.gz file but without expanding it? Have you ever wanted to just dump files in a .tar.gz file without having to organize it and periodically tar and gzip this data? This article presents another REALLY useful user-space file system, archivemount. It allows you to mount archives such as .tar.gz files as a file system and interact with it using normal file/directory tools.

"I'm not sure about you but when I examine a new tool or package that I'm building from source I usually like to read the documentation first and perhaps examine the makefile or examine the output of "configure –help". But I really want to do this without gunzip-ing and untarring the archive.

"I also have the opposite problem in that I sometimes just want to grab various files and collect them into a .tar.gz archive without having to organize a complete tree and then tar it and gzip it. Ideally I would just have a directory where I could copy data and it would automatically create the archive for me. You can call me lazy of you like but I started computing when storage space was at a premium so I tend to be conservative with my disk space. At the same time, however, I tend to be a pack rat with code, which has saved my bacon several times. So I look for something that allows me to efficiently archive my data"

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