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If you have NBD support enabled in your kernel, you can use this to read a file over HTTP as a block device. The most obvious use for me was (is) to mount ISO images without having to download them entirely. If your linux distribution installer allows early console access, you should be able to even install the OS from a CD ISO over HTTP. Building and running ==================== The homepage is: Newer patches are available at:;a=tree;f=sys-block/nbd-http/files To use it, compile (you need kernel headers and pthreads installed), load the kernel module and run nbd-http: make modprobe nbd ./nbd-http /dev/nbd0 (and in another console) mount /dev/nbd0 /mnt/cdrom Depending on your 'net connection you might want to try different read-ahead time limits or different thread numbers. You can change those in the first lines of main.c. On my 512kbps cable modem, a 2..4sec read-ahead limit and 1..2 threads seem to be reasonable. Annoyances ========== Caching is done on disk. So if your fs does not support holes in files it'll create a 2.7G file when you start serving the Fedora Core DVD. The reusing of HTTP connections to fetch pages of the file may or may not be smart enough. When reading a reasonably large file (say, larger than 4K) it should be ok. Due to the nbd driver using the userland process to make block requests, there is apparently no other way to stop the nbd userland helper other than ``killall -9 nbd-http''. Verbosity is set to maximum since the code is still buggy. To get rid of most stuff, use '-v 1'. To get rid of everything except errors, use '-v 0'. WARNING ======= Since closing useless HTTP connections and opening new ones occasionally happens (especially with weird (not iso9660) formats and less-than-smart installers), you might get banned from your favourite mirror for excessive connections. As an example, installing Slackware 10.2 should require one connection when determining ISO size, one when reading the directory tree and several more when installing packages. Think that whenever you skip a package the HTTP connection may become useless if when reading-ahead it doesn't reach the next package. License ======= This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA. Feedback ======== Sebastian Pipping maintains an ebuild and patches of NBD-http at Gentoo Betagarden (see the links at the top). Feedback is also welcome at reverse(moc.liamg@cojrah) - Harjoc Bogdan.
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