Compressed filesystem or Compressed loop?

Compressed filesystem or Compressed loop?

Post by Mark Mynste » Thu, 10 Apr 2003 23:27:21

I would like to create a compressed CVS repository, but I can not seem
to find a simple way to do this. . .  (Or really any way.)

I have seen people talk about the existence of a compressed loop.
What is this?  Does a compressed, read/write filesystem exist?

I found zisofs, but that looks like it would work read only, and
really only for a CD, i.e. the file tree needs to exist first then the
iso filesystem is created. . .  I found squashfs but that is also read
only.  If I create a loop-back device, i.e. a file that works like a
filesystem, I need to uncompress the file prior to mounting the loop.

Any ideas?

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1. Mount compressed file as a loop device (mount -o loop.. )

Dear NG,

is it possible to mount transparantly a compressed file (bzip2 or
gzip) as loop device? Something like mount -o loop myfile.gz
/tmp/myfolder ? I want use it to save space on a flash disk.

I wouldn't mind to use other options / compressions to save space on
flash. Could somebody point me to some information on it? I found
myself about e2compr, but it isn't supported for 2.4* kernel.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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