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A tool for organising Internet resources. Prospero allows
each user to organise the contents of remote file servers into
his own virtual file system with his own hierarchical name
space consisting of links to remote objects. Remote indexing
services are made available by treating the results as a
virtual directory. A "union link" allows the contents of the
link's target directory to appear as part of the directory
containing the link. Arbitrary filters can be associated with
links to modify the representation of the target directory as
desired. Prospero directories can be shared between users.
The Prospero protocol is used for communication between
clients and servers in the archie system.
A prototype of Prospero has been available since December
1990. It interfaces with Sun NFS, the Andrew File System
and FTP (with local caching) and Archie. Support for
World-Wide Web and WAIS is planned (1992).