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DouBle, by Jean-Marc Verbavatz, provides a compressed block device.You tell it the name of a block device or (fixed-size) regular file,some compression parameters (compression algorithm, cluster size,storage granularity), and a (conservative) expected compression ratio.It then provides a block device (say `/dev/dbl0′) that has moreblocks than the file or device where the data is actually being stored.If things don’t compress as well as you expected, and it runs out ofspace, then you have a problem.
DouBle is a good choice if you need a block device for something otherthan putting an ext2 filesystem on. I would not recommend DouBle forstoring a filesystem.
Anyway, a URL for DouBle ishttp://perso.cybercable.fr/~verbavat/double/. There’s also a(old, last time I looked) version on sunsite.
See section Why was e2compr written?, section e2compr with the loop driver, section Can I still use DouBle?, for other comments on DouBle.
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