Mount a tar file as a virtual file system

Peng Yu pengyu.ut at
Wed Aug 25 22:28:03 UTC 2010

On Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 5:06 PM, Steven Susbauer <steven at> wrote:
> Jim Byrnes wrote:
>> Nils Kassube wrote:
>>> Peng Yu wrote:
>>>> It seems that there are more than one way to mount a tar file (say
>>>> .tar.bz2) as a virtual file system. Could anybody let me know what
>>>> might be the best solution so that I can try?
>>> Usually I just click on the icon for the archive file in my file manager
>>> (konqueror). The archive isn't mounted though, the file manager just
>>> looks inside the archive and displays the contents as if it was a normal
>>> directory. But I can't tell you if that is possible with the Gnome file
>>> manager as well.
>>> Nils
>> It is possible in Gnome also by double clicking the file in Natulius.
> This really depends what OP means by mounting a tar file as a virtual
> filesystem. Both KDE and Gnome (file-roller) do not actually mount the
> archive as a filesystem, they simply open in the same way that Windows
> Explorer opens a zip file.
> fuse and libarchive can mount and write to tar archives. There is a
> howto at but I don't know
> how up to date it is.

This option is what I am looking for. Does anybody know if the link is
still valid today?


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