Re: Plans for gnome-vfs replacement

On Fri, 2006-09-29 at 17:52 +0200, Magnus Bergman wrote:
> > > You're only mentioning the low-level stream parts here, but is
> > > there any previous work of a filesystem/virtual folder API apart
> > > from POSIX which could be used as a comparision?
> > > 
> > > Do you know what win32, OS/X, Java, .NET, etc provide in this area?
> > 
> > I like the class which does the pathname abstraction.
> > Win32 has something called "Shell extensions" which are similar to
> > the whole VFS layer. Other than that there is not a lot of previous
> > art.
> I have a few years of experience with a commercial VFS implementation
> from Verity [1]. I won't go into details (it is actually way too
> complicated) but it kind of works like this:
> Backends can provide one of a few APIs. The one I find most usefull is
> the streaming API. Streams are not necessarily identified by
> filenames, any type of string can be used (and in some way it gets
> mapped to a backend which knows how to interpret it). Then you open a
> stream using this you specify which metadata you are interested in.
> There are some standard stuff you can add to a bitfield (author,
> filename, mimetype etc), but you can also specify custom fields which
> are often specific to the backend. Everything is then transfered as
> packages, containing either one metadata item or a chunk of the
> contents. You can request seeks of the stream but they might be denied,
> delayed or inexact (and the only way to tell is by the offset in the
> coming chunks). It can also have backends which take input streams
> (which can be used to access files in an archive or to convert files on
> the fly). (I guess this is also kind of similar to GStreamer, but less
> advenced since GStreamer can do a lot more like can relink the
> stream dynamically.)
> The good thing is that it's very flexible. Things are usually done in
> the most efficient way. But the user of the API must take on a lot of
> the responsibility so it's all but a beautiful thing.

Interesting. It seems pretty similar to what I'm thinking, but a bit
more taxing on the API user and a bit more lenient for the backend
implementation (which sometimes can lead to more efficient

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