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[opensuse] Weird Firefox 3.0 Failure on Certain file:/// URLs
  • From: Randall R Schulz <rschulz@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2009 10:45:02 -0800
  • Message-id: <200901251045.02849.rschulz@xxxxxxxxx>

I know this is a long shot, here or anywhere, but maybe someone has some
relevant insight or experience...

I use "archivemount" 0.5.3 to make it convenient to get at archives.
After recompiling it with the new version of libarchive included in
openSUSE 11.1 and making a tiny correction to the cover script I use to
make archivemount easier to use, all seems to be working.

However, there's one serious problem: Firefox refuses to display any
files or directories mounted via archivemount. If I view the directory
in which one or more archivemount mount-point directories exist, it
omits them from its directory display. And if I give it a path (either
"naked" or in the form of a file:// URL) that traverses such a
mountpoint, it simply ignores it, without producing any kind of error
or diagnostic.

Other programs, including Konqueror, have no trouble with these
archivemount mount-point directories.

One other possibly pertinent clue is this (the last two entries are
those of archivemount mount-points / "file systems"):

% df
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdb2 35887744 7806592 28081152 22% /
/dev/sda1 20962584 1934524 19028060 10% /xtra
/dev/sda5 25530844 7185280 18345564 29% /home
/dev/sdd1 293008588 123372392 169636196 43% /repo
/dev/sdc3 11961344 4289552 7671792 36% /dar
/dev/sdc2 11961344 10327260 1634084 87% /home10
/dev/sdb1 35895684 17757000 18138684 50% /root10
/dev/sde2 488250156 40685684 447564472 9% /book2
/dev/sr0 4451058 4451058 0 100% /media/SU1110.001
/dev/sr1 715240 715240 0 100% /media/SU1110.001-1
df: `/dar/tau/tst/New/log/Paths2-2009-01-25_09.44.38': Function not implemented
df: `/dar/tau/tst/New/log/Paths2-2009-01-25_09.46.38': Function not implemented

At the moment, the only thing I can think of is that Firefox wants to
make a system call on one of the archivemount mount-point directories
and that system call fails so Firefox ignores the directory entirely.

If anyone can shed light on this, especially how I might resolve or work
around the problem, I'd appreciate hearing about it.

By the way, given the apparent cessation of development of archivemount,
I'm amenable to hearing about alternatives / replacements to it.

Randall Schulz
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