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Sep 10, 2003, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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A GnomeVFS module is a plug-in that provides support for accessing different services as though they were part of your file system. For example, the HTTP module lets you access Web pages through 'http:' URIs. There are a number of modules included with GnomeVFS, such as http, ftp, and tar.

"GnomeVFS modules such as fontilus can also do less obvious things. Fontilus lets you use Nautilus to browse the fonts available on your system at the location 'fonts:///', and you can add and remove fonts by drag-and-drop... Another example of a GnomeVFS module is the handler for 'applications:///', which lets you browse your application menu as a file system..."

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