[openbeos] File System Documentation Sources

  • From: "Alexander G. M. Smith" <agmsmith@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2001 13:11:31 EST

Mathew Hounsell <mat.geek@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote on Thu, 8 Nov 2001 01:07:09 
-0800 (PST):
> I had intended to demonstrate an example of this in action. I sent a
> message to BeDevTalk asking for advice about implementing servers. I
> searched desperately for the information on Be's VFS. I could only
> find the source code for DOS FS. Most of the dataspace work should
> be handled in a server, Kernel support was necessary for the demands
> of file systems etc. I will look at the newsletter for an example of
> a server. If any one knows of the documentation on the BeVFS it
> would be essential.

Besides the DOS FS, there's also a CD-ROM file system example that
comes with the developer part of BeOS, if you installed it, its at:

On BeBits you can get code from:
AtheOS FS http://www.bebits.com/app/2028
There used to be a copy of NTFS too, but the site seems to be down.

Then the developer library
has some articles on file systems, the most relevant being:
and other articles tangentially related (device drivers,
programming in kernel mode, etc).

There's also the very good Practical File System Design book,

And finally, there's my ongoing documentation of the file system API,
condensed from all those sources and my continuing experiences
with trying to write a RAM file system:

- Alex

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