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Re: [PATCH] * hurd/translator/httpfs.mdwn: added a link to sitemaps.org.

From: Samuel Thibault
Subject: Re: [PATCH] * hurd/translator/httpfs.mdwn: added a link to sitemaps.org.
Date: Fri, 26 May 2023 00:01:30 +0200
User-agent: NeoMutt/20170609 (1.8.3)


Joshua Branson, le mer. 24 mai 2023 13:29:14 -0400, a ecrit:
> Sergey Bugaev <bugaevc@gmail.com> writes:
> > On Mon, May 22, 2023 at 6:50 PM jbranso@dismail.de <jbranso@dismail.de> 
> > wrote:
> >> +- Teach httpfs to check if the computer has an internet connection at
> >> +  startup and during operation.  The translator causes 30 second
> >> +  pauses on commands like "ls", when the internet is down.  It is
> >> +  probably better to teach libnetfs to test for internet connectivity.
> >
> > Why?
> >
> > libnetfs, despite its name, has nothing to do with the network. In
> > fact, it is designed in such a way that is nice for writing
> > "pseudo-filesystems", but not really suitable for *network*
> > filesystems. A more appropriate name for libnetfs would be
> > libpseudofs. It is possible to write network filesystems based on
> > libnetfs (as httpfs demonstrates), but it's not optimized for that,
> > and many issues start to pop up once you try to. Some day I will write
> > a long email detailing why :)
> Other than it being a lot of work, would anyone be oppossed to re-naming
> libnetfs to libdirfs?  And then creating a libnetfs for network
> filesystems?  

Re-using names most often leads to a lot of confusion.

Also, possibly the underlying issues that network filesystems meet with
libnetfs might not actually be about being strictly about networks.


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