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 From:  Kenneth Keiter <ken at keiterhome dot com>
 To:  MonoWall <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Sub-filesystem?
 Date:  Wed, 27 Apr 2005 19:00:36 +0200
Hey All,
I just had a good idea for a feature that would be relatively easy to 
impliment (based on my understanding of how m0n0wall works). I think 
that there needs to be an easier way to modify the core operating system 
of m0n0wall, for people who know PHP, but don't know FreeBSD and, like 
me, don't have time to learn. My concept is relatively simple: a 
sub-file-system. Based on my understanding, none of the core operating 
files can be modified without recompiling the kernel, and cannot be 
modified in runtime because on reboot they are lost. The system can 
obviously write files to the hard-disk somehow, because it can write the 
config.xml. My idea is that we could create a simple interface that 
allows files to be uploaded and saved onto the harddisk. The next trick 
would be to include a new section in the config.xml that allows files on 
the harddisk to override files in the kernel at boot time. For example: 
If I wanted to change index.php (a core file), I would use an interface 
to upload the file, which would save it to the disk. A line would be 
written to the config.xml file which would act as a pointer to the new 
file, and tells the file it's replacing. The computer can reboot, and 
when it does, it looks at the config.xml file. It notices that index.php 
has been replaced. It loads the file into that ram-disk that holds the 
core, replacing the old index.php, but just for this session! When it 
restarts, it looses the file, but it still has a copy on the hard disk! 
It does the same thing again at the next restart, and the new file that 
I uploaded is back. I think that'd be possible, and a better way to 
develop, when you need only PHP based features. That'd make it a heck of 
a lot faster, I think. I'd love to hear what you guys think though... 


Kenneth Keiter
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