A virtual filesystem standard

Waldo Bastian bastian at kde.org
Fri Sep 5 17:46:50 EEST 2003

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On Friday 05 September 2003 15:17, George Staikos wrote:
> On Friday 05 September 2003 00:12, Havoc Pennington wrote:
> > On Fri, Sep 05, 2003 at 05:17:11AM +0200, Vincent Wagelaar wrote:
> > > Is there any work being done on a standard VFS implementation that is
> > > desktop neutral? It would be great if all applications could be made
> > > VFS-aware.
> >
> > Not that I know of. Some people at Nove Hrady had a cool idea for how
> > to approach this, which was to define a way to write an out-of-process
> > VFS backend. In other words, you would define a protocol and way to
> > launch an executable to use that executable as a VFS backend.
> > There would be a conventional place to install a VFS backend binary
> > and some kind of metadata file describing the features the backend
> > provided, name of the backend, etc.
> >
> > The reason this is a cool approach is that then multiple parties can
> > drop in backends and the backends can link to any kind of library.
> > The backends are fully encapsulated.
>   This could make certain things such as SSL support really difficult to
> properly implement. 

I don't see any problem actually. A program such as KEdit happily fetches 
documents across https and it doesn't know anything about SSL.

I think an out-of-process VFS standard is a good idea and I would be happy to 
work on that.

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