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Old 06-12-2008, 11:59 AM   #1
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Default MacFUSE file-system utility

A few months ago, when Marjolein got her iBook, she started a discussion of Finder replacements. I just read about MacFUSE, an open-source program that allows Mac users to use Linux/Unix file management utilities. It sounds like one route to Marjolein’s Finder replacement. Here is the description from the engineer who developed it:
MacFUSE implements a mechanism that makes it possible to implement a fully functional file system in a user-space program on Mac OS X (10.4 and above). It aims to be API-compliant with the FUSE (File-system in USErspace) mechanism that originated on Linux. Therefore, many existing FUSE file systems become readily usable on Mac OS X. That said, MacFUSE has numerous user- and developer-visible interfaces that are specific to Mac OS X. The core of MacFUSE is in a dynamically loadable kernel extension.
It sounds somewhat technical, although there is a pre-compiled version (see “Quicker Start Guide: Using MacFUSE in a Pinch”) so some of the work is done for you. MacFUSE can be run on any Mac with OS X (10.4 or higher)

In case anyone wants to check it out.

From “Google’s Mac Development” in MacWorld (July 2008).

   
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