SquashFS: Not Just for Embedded Systems

Article Source Linux Magazine
June 9, 2009, 10:42 am

As we’ve demonstrated over the past several weeks, there are no shortage of new file systems in the latest version of Linux.

In keeping with the theme of new file systems, let‚Äôs take a look at SquashFS. SquashFS is a read-only compressed file system that has a variable block size. The primary intent of the file system is for constrained block device/memory systems. The classic example targets SquashFS for embedded systems but there are other uses for it that fall outside of the embedded world, and could surprise you…