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You can test this fairly easily create a tar file tar -cf test.tar this.txt that.txt Get it's inode number for later comparison ls -i test.tar 24903987 test.tar Mount the test.tar archive and delete a file from it archivemount test.tar /mnt/a rm /mnt/a/that.txt ls -i test.tar 24903987 test.tar Note above that the file retains it's original inode ...


If I understand archivemount correctly, it does not actually update the contents of the archive file before you unmount it. When unmounting, it re-creates the archive and sure, with a huge archive file this will be slow.

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