The Plastic File System 1.14

plastic, adj. Capable of being shaped or formed, malleable.

The Plastic File System uses FUSE to manipulate what the file system looks like for user programs. These virtual file systems exist in user space, and no kernel hacks or modules (other than FUSE) are required.

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PlasticFS includes the following file systems:

The dos filter may be used to simulate an 8.3 DOS file system.
The log filter may be used to transparently log file system access, similar to the strace(1) command.
The shortname filter may be used to simulate file systems with shorter filenames.
The smartlink filter may be used to expand environment variables in symbolic links, using the usual $name notation.
upcase, downcase, titlecase and nocase
The upcase filter to make file names appear to be in upper-case when listed. File names are case-insensitive when being opened, etc. The downcase filter is similar, except it converts to lower-case, titlecase capitalizes, and nocase is simply case insensitive without altering the filenames.
The viewpath filter may be used to make a set of directory trees look like a single directory tree. (Also known as a union file system.) All modifications take place in the first directory in the list.
Aka: union and translucent
Filters may be piped from one to the next, forming powerful combinations.

PlasticFS is self configuring using a GNU Autoconf generated configure script.

Files for Download

There are several ways to obtain this software, either as source code or as pre-compiled binaries.

Master Sources

You can download the following files from this web site:

File Name Description
plasticfs-1.14.README The README file from the tar distribution.
plasticfs-1.14.lsm Brief description in LSM format.
plasticfs-1.14.D001.tar.gz The complete source.
plasticfs-1.14.D001.pdf The Plastic File System Reference Manual, in Adobe Acrobat format.
ChangeLog The change log for the project. The complete source, in aedist format.


PlasticFS is also available from SourceForge's download mirrors. The download mirrors will probably faster than the other links on this page, and here is the SourceForge Project page.

Ubuntu Packages

If you use Ubuntu Linux, there are pre-built packages available for installation using the normal sudo apt-get install method, from this package archive (PPA).

Instructions are available there for how to manually add the PPA to your /etc/apt/sources.list file, but the following commands are sufficient on recent versions of Ubuntu:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmiller-opensource/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install plasticfs

Aegis Repo

PlasticFS is developed using Aegis, a transaction based software configuration management package.

The Aegis repository for this project is available.

PlasticFS is written and owned by Peter Miller <pmiller@­opensource.­org.­au> and is freely distributable under the terms and conditions of the GNU GPL. There is more Software by Peter Miller at his home page.

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