Subject: Re: compressed filesystems?
To: VaX#n8 <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/04/1995 10:52:24
VaX#n8 writes:
> While really really bored, Chris Jones wrote:
> > Is there anything in NetBSD along the lines of a compressed
> > filesystem?  I realize that, if I were really industrious, I could
> > probably write a lkm to do this, but I don't think I'm that
> > industrious.  :)
> I've had this idea in pocket for a year or two.
> Perhaps we could modify the cfs (crypting file system) to do compression
> instead, or we could do a userland-filesystem (better than NFS loopback) as
> a model, and it could serve as a skeleton for other ones.

I'd actually like to see a real kernel level compression layer
implemented. This is not because I want to ruin the performance of my
fine hardware, but because I want to pack more into CD-ROMs and they
are already slow enough that compression won't be noticed. (Hell, it
might even improve performance, ironically enough.)