FTP fs possible? worthwile?

Harik A'ttar (harik@chaos.sub.ucf.edu)
Wed, 12 Jul 1995 10:27:30 -0400 (EDT)

Reply-to: ind00621@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu

Ok: I had a thought the other day on an FTP fs, similar to NFS and the
/proc system. Essentally: All it would be is a directory structure.
I.E. /ftp/dotted.ip.of.host/structure

This would be held in files: probably gzipped ls -lR

if you read a file, it would attempt to connect, and fetch the file
(into a definable size cache) I.E. you could
cd /ftp/ftp.cc.gatech.edu/pub/Linux/kernel
(provides most recent ls of the directory)
fetches README from the correct dir into buffer, and then cat's it.

Connect-on-demand is supported (lynx, ncftp, etc) so that wouldn't be
too hard to do. For administratiors: Since, while browsing directory
listings, they arn't actually CONNECTED to the site, only to fetch a
file, how much would this reduce load?

Anyway, I havn't more then started looking into this project,
(mostly looking for a skeleton fs device to pick apart)
but I would be glad to try my hand at it if people
thought it was a good idea.

chaos@dynamic.ip.don't.reply Guess what? I really _DO_ speak for
Dan Merillat / Harik A'ttar my system. And if you share my opinions,
in00621@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu you should seek professional help.