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Cloudfuse is a FUSE application which provides access to Rackspace's
Cloud Files (or any installation of Swift).
Cloud Files is a remote storage system which is similar in principle to
Amazon S3. It provides a simple RESTful interface to storing and retrieving
objects.
http://www.rackspacecloud.com/cloud_hosting_products/files
Swift, the software behind Cloud Files, has been open-sourced as part of the
OpenStack project.
http://swift.openstack.org/
BUILDING:
You'll need libcurl, fuse, libssl, and libxml2 (and probably their dev
packages) installed to build it. From a base Debian or Ubuntu install,
this should get you to a point you can build and run it:
apt-get install build-essential libcurl4-openssl-dev libxml2-dev \
libssl-dev libfuse-dev
Cloudfuse is built and installed like any other autoconf configured code.
Normally,
./configure
make
sudo make install
But I'm no autoconf wizard, and there may be dragons lurking there.
USE:
Your Rackspace Cloud username and API key can be placed in a file
named $HOME/.cloudfuse:
username=[username]
api_key=[api key]
Or as mount options on the command line:
cloudfuse -o username=redbo,api_key=713aa... mountpoint/
Or as mount options in /etc/fstab:
cloudfuse /mnt/cloudfiles fuse username=redbo,api_key=713aa...,user 0 0
The following options are... optional:
use_snet=[True to use servicenet for connections]
cache_timeout=[seconds for directory caching, default 600]
authurl=[authentication url - connect to non-Rackspace (swift) cluster]
It also inherits a number of command-line arguments and mount options from
the Fuse framework. The "-h" argument should provide a summary.
Your OS user will need access to the "fuse" group. This can probably be
accomplished with:
sudo usermod -a -G fuse [username]
BUGS/SHORTCOMINGS:
* rename() doesn't work on directories (and probably never will).
* When reading and writing files, it buffers them in a local temp file.
* It keeps an in-memory cache of the directory structure, so it may not be
usable for large file systems. Also, files added by other applications
will not show up until the cache expires.
* The root directory can only contain directories, as these are mapped to
containers in cloudfiles.
* Directory entries are created as empty files with the content-type
"application/directory".
* Cloud Files limits container and object listings to 10,000 items.
cloudfuse won't list more than that many files in a single directory.
AWESOME CONTRIBUTORS:
* Tim Dysinger fixed the Makefile https://github.com/dysinger
* Chris Wedgwood made du work by fixing stat https://github.com/cwedgwood
* Nick Craig-Wood implemented rename https://github.com/ncw
* Dillon Amburgey made it compile on clang https://github.com/dillona
Thanks, and I hope you find it useful.
Michael Barton
<mike@weirdlooking.com>
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