[Samba] compressed file VFS

Chris Weiss cweiss at gmail.com
Thu Mar 31 07:24:55 MDT 2011

On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 8:41 AM, Andreas Moroder
<andreas.moroder at sb-brixen.it> wrote:
> Hallo,
> we have a clinical system that generate lot of files that once written are
> never changed. This file consume lot of disk and tape space*, so my idea was
> to compress this files. The problem is that it can happen, that the users
> have to open this files later.
> Is there a VFS module for samba that show gzipped** read only files as if
> they were standard files ?
> Bye
> Andreas
> * Disks are cheap, but the are no more disk-slots in the server and the
> server has to be up 24*7 so we can not simply change the disks
> ** bzip2 would be preferable because of the better compression, but the
> orginal size is not stored in the header so I assume it can not be used for
> this purpose
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I've had some good compression from lessfs ( http://www.lessfs.com/ ),
 not samba specific but is quite transparent, and POSIX compliant.

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