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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] Add tar container format

From: Anthony Liguori
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] Add tar container format
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 17:57:04 -0500
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Alexander Graf wrote:
For that we still need to enable the qemu blockery to support stacking though.

Signed-off-by: Alexander Graf <address@hidden>

This feels like a bit too much of a one-off to me. I'm concerned that it's something we'd have to support long term that wouldn't have very many users beyond your particular use-case.

So far, we only support image formats that are dedicated to virtual machines. We support http and nbd but those are generic protocols, not necessarily special formats. tar and dzip seem arbitrary. Why not zip, rar, bzip2, or any other format?

You could do all of this by making use of a fuse filesystem.

I'd almost rather see something like gio integration so that this sort of generic filesystem stuff could live somewhere else. I'm curious what others think though. Does it seem reasonable to include this type of functionality?

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