MacFUSE 1.5 improves reliability

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The developers working on the open source MacFUSE project have updated the file system utility to version 1.5, fixing bugs and adding support for Leopard features.

Based on the Linux project FUSE, MacFUSE allows users to create file systems as a non-administrative user without altering OS X’s kernel code. Using this software, users can mount a variety of file systems based on network services such as SSH (sshfs), FTP (ftpfs), and WebDAV (wdfs), as well as other file systems not supported by OS X, such as NTFS. The MacFUSE project also offers downloads of user-created file systems, such as SpotlightFS, a file system based on Mac OS X’s built-in search framework, that allows you to create “true” Smart Folders.

Version 1.5 adds new features, such a support for garbage collection and BridgeSupport data on Leopard, and fixes some outstanding bugs, such as one where the Finder would sometimes report zero KB available in a newly mounted volume. A post at the MacFUSE site contains a detailed list of changes in this release.

MacFUSE is a free download from Google Code and is available in versions for both Leopard and Tiger.

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