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From Andy Lewis <>
Subject Re: [VFS] Is there a different list for the sandbox projects?
Date Fri, 01 Oct 2004 18:22:40 GMT
I'm using VFS in an application now at work and there are a number of 
things I'd love to do to it. Most of them will be driven by my needs as 
much as anything else obviously. But I have no problem helping with 
documentation, but my main interests would be with fixing bugs and 
adding features. I ran into a problem for example with the cache not 
picking up new  files on an FTP site, so I needed to manually force the 
cache to clear (I use reflection with setAccessible to get it done 
instead of using a modified build though). I can also see value in 
additional providers - both those on the list and maybe some that are 
not. Again, my time constraints tend to align with my current needs , 
but as an example I have an upcoming need for the ability to modify unix 
file permissions from Java (appears it will require native interaction), 
and noticed this is something on the list of desired eventual features.

So I guess my main goal was to get in touch with you and get a read on 
the status. I'm actually kind of surprised there isn't more community 
effort behind this, but I guess everybody is still content using thier 
own approach to it. In terms of immeidate contributions, I'd love to get 
a patch in to make it easier to avoid the cache problems, and I'm 
willing to take a look at anything (bug ot feature) that is deemed 
highest priority. And of course as I get the native unix stuff in place, 
I'll add that too.

The effort I'll be able to spend on it wil;l, like nearly everyone I'm 
sure, fluctuate, but it is a cool project, I use it, and I'm interested 
in helping it move forward....

Mario Ivankovits wrote:

> Andy Lewis wrote:
>> I have been subscribed here for a bit now, particularly looking for 
>> traffic relating to the VFS project, but have not seen any. I know 
>> there is some recent work going on on the project (just from CVS) but 
>> have seen nothing on this list. I am hoping to be able to help with 
>> it. Am I in the right place?
> Yes - there is not much community driven work.
> But I am still there and pick up every user request. And the bursts 
> Gary talked about are those where i try to implement something 
> completley new - due to the low user traffic here I try to move slowly 
> to not run into a situation where VFS is completley unusable and 
> nobody complains about, though I use it in our application and it 
> still works very well.
> Next thing i would like to do is to make the FileObject thread-safe 
> (which again will show up as burst on the list ;-)) but this is 
> something I have to plan very carefully.
> And - fore sure - the documentation should be updated, but I am still 
> in hope i find some native english speaker who would like to reread 
> what i write - or even better - one who would like to write the 
> documentation ;-)
> However, every contribution is welcome.
> What do you have in mind?
> ---
> Mario
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