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Frank Sommers

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Jakarta Project Releases Commons Virtual File System 1.0 Posted: Jan 2, 2007 1:30 PM
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Summary
The Commons Virtual File System (VFS) provides a single interface to files and data located on local file systems, HTTP and FTP servers, inside zip, gzip, and jar files, or on WebDAV servers. Regardless of location, VFS files are addressed by uniform, URL-based identifiers.
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The Apache Jarkarta project released version 1.0 of its Commons Virtual File System, or VFS. VFS provides access to files and other resources located on a variety of media and file systems via uniform, URL-based identifiers. A plug-in framework makes it possible to offer access to file systems not supported in the 1.0 release.

Key 1.0 features include:

  • A single consistent API for accessing files of different types
  • Support for numerous file system types
  • Caching of file information. Caches information in-JVM, and optionally can cache remote file information on the local file system.
  • Event delivery
  • Support for logical file systems made up of files from various different file systems.
  • Utilities for integrating Commons VFS into applications, such as a VFS-aware ClassLoader and URLStreamHandlerFactory.
  • A set of VFS-enabled Ant tasks.

In addition to the supported file-systems, what VFS plug-ins would you find most useful?


Anjan Bacchu

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Re: Jakarta Project Releases Commons Virtual File System 1.0 Posted: Jan 2, 2007 5:53 PM
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hi there,

how do I access CIFS (OR the \\somecomputer\somefolder) windows network drives ? Is that a plugin ?

BR,
~A

Levi Cook

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Re: Jakarta Project Releases Commons Virtual File System 1.0 Posted: Jan 3, 2007 12:22 PM
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Have you tried:
file:////somecomputer/somefolder

This works fine in standard java.io.File; I'd expect VFS would handle it just as well.

Levi Cook

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Re: Jakarta Project Releases Commons Virtual File System 1.0 Posted: Jan 3, 2007 12:24 PM
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Just noticed this in the docs:

CIFS: Provides access to the files on a CIFS server, such as a Samba server, or a Windows share.

URI Format
smb://[username[:password]@]hostname[:port][absolute-path]

Examples
* smb://somehost/home

Nigel Maddocks

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Re: Jakarta Project Releases Commons Virtual File System 1.0 Posted: Jan 4, 2007 12:09 AM
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Are you sure this is at 1.0 for release? I can't see any downloads for version 1.0 - just nightly builds

Tobias Jenkner

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Re: Jakarta Project Releases Commons Virtual File System 1.0 Posted: Jan 4, 2007 1:26 AM
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http://jakarta.apache.org/site/downloads/downloads_commons-vfs.cgi

Nigel Maddocks

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Re: Jakarta Project Releases Commons Virtual File System 1.0 Posted: Jan 4, 2007 1:46 AM
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Thanks. I was expecting a download link somewhere in the VFS component pages. They don't seem to have any project timeline or any mention of ver 1.0 availability there. The download link is only available if you back out to the Commons parent area.

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