These appear as translators in the current Hurd and something similar needs to appear in the next hurd.
- The user should be able to dynamically add and remove translators
- For some reason it seems appropiate to have seperate namespaces (VFS's) for each user (this is quite a departure from Unix. )
- translators can be used to expose the structure of an archive file
- translators can be provide access to remote file systems
Probably not something we want to worry about now; but I'm guessing that the semantics of the new kernel will be sufficently different from Mach that some rewriting of the existing translators will be needed. From a pragmatic point of view it would be nice if there wasn't too much change.
--- 11 Jan 2007