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Subject: Re: [boost] [compond_file_binary] Gauging interest in a possible library submission.
From: Minh Phanivong (m_phanivong_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-12-02 17:20:27

On 03/12/2012, at 6:33 AM, Alexander Voitenko <tarmik_at_[hidden]> wrote:

>> Does it provide any benefits compared to mounting a loop device and
>> working with it through traditional file system interfaces? It seems
>> odd to have a library duplicating file system operations.
> First of all, compound files are portable. You can use the same data, in the
> same compound files within different operating systems, not limited to
> Linux, Windows and Mac OS.
> Please note, that both Unix-like systems and Windows struggling with limit
> of loop devices
> [Linux]
> [Windows]
> But with a such library you can simultaneously read and write
> thousands(millions?) of such files without restrictions from the system
> side. Library can be linked statically and only thing that you will require
> to access such file - to launch your application and not necessarily written
> in C++, because already exist analogous libraries in Java
> and C# worlds.
> Also, if I want to use lot of different compound files with my data within
> my application, it is to weird mount and unmount devices from the runtime
> and also require super-user privileges.
> Please do not think about compound files only as file system replacement.
> Imagine software that can produce some documents. Such documents use binary
> format and have very complex internal structure, so such structure can be
> represented as file system where some logical parts are grouped in folders
> and files.
> Example of such software that really uses compound files:
> with it .CDX format
> with it .AWM file format
> and exist some others, but not so famous.
> Of course lot of Microsoft applications use them, but I don't want mention
> them by religious reasons ;-)
> User of such applications even can not know that internal representation of
> his documents is an entire file system.
> In my usual work I deal with compound files like with some sort of archives.
> Store hundreds of them on my hard drive, often copy, rename, move or zip
> them and send via e-mail.
> Regards,
> Alexander Voitenko.

I guess you can add to your examples tar. zip, iso as well and these should be accessible at the user level without super/root mount.

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