Experimental: FUSE-based Algorithmia FileSystem
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Experimental: FUSE-based Algorithmia FileSystem

A user-mode virtual filesystem backed by the Algorithmia API. Basically, it handles filesystem requests by turning them into API calls and lazily building a local cache of remote resources. The end result is that you can mount Algorithmia data to a local directory, and use standard file operations to work with Algorithmia data.

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Screenshots demonstrate basic traversal and read operations from CLI and file explorer:



Currently, this is only an experimental filesystem. You should NOT rely on it for critical work.

In it's current state, it works as a basic read-write filesystem with several caveats:

  • Connector support is too limited to be useful, and better support is blocked by the API - see Issue #1)
  • Writes persist when closing the last open handle to a file. If the close fails, it's likely the data isn't persisted.
  • Directory listing is permanently cached, so if you change a directory's contents outside of AlgoFS, you have to unmount and remount AlgoFS before those changes appear. Issue #4
  • The entire inode and file cache lives in RAM, so if you download a 4GB file, it will occupy 4GB of RAM until it is closed.
  • Testing so far is very limited.
  • General network filesystem caveats apply, e.g. some file operations may appear slow

See issues for the full list of known issues. For any unexpected or surprising behavior, please file an issue.

Build, Test, Run, Debug

To build and test (tests are pretty barebones):

$ cargo build
$ cargo test

To mount the filesystem:

$ mkdir ~/algofs
$ target/debug/algofs ~/algofs

The algofs executable will print all the current debug output, so currently it works best to browse the ~/algofs from another terminal.

Note: some shell enhancements can cause a lot of extra listing operations. And file explorers may trigger a lot of extra reads to preload or preview files.

To stop algofs, unmount it as root. (Note: killing algofs will stop request handling, but leaves ~/algofs as a volume with no transport connected).

fusermount -u ~/algofs
# or `sudo umount ~/algofs`