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Re: A memory-based filesystem for the lazy [or impatient]

From: Marcus Brinkmann
Subject: Re: A memory-based filesystem for the lazy [or impatient]
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2000 16:56:12 +0100
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On Sat, Dec 23, 2000 at 02:39:03PM -0500, Roland McGrath wrote:
> Here's another idea.  I did mke2fs on a 100MB file and gzip -9'd that down
> to 100kb.  So one thing you could do is make such a file and use
> /hurd/ext2fs -Tgunzip file, though that would touch all the memory at
> startup.

That's a clever thing to do, but it doesn't solve the general problem of
initialization of transient stores. In general, we want to avoid boot
script magic, and we can in this case. The one thing I suggested was to
a "run" store type which passes through a store after initialization.
The other thing I can think of is an option --init to translators which
means "initialize the store at start up". Is this more acceptable?
If neither is, do you have better ideas for this?


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