Serious Callers Only wrote:... It's been over 10 years since this was posted for the first time and ofc no frontend implemented it ...
That is incorrect, DBGL has been supporting PhysFS for quite some time now. That is, if you're using a DOSBox version with the PhysFS patch
Oh? The not upstreamed patch that i can't simply apt-get install dosbox for (or for that matter apt-get install DBGL)? Sorry but that just underlines the point that this feature not being upstreamed just fragments capabilities of frontends. If it had been, oh, 5 years ago, all frontends on all platforms would have been supporting it since 4 years ago.
You aren't even supporting it yourself with dbgl mounting the filesystems itself, like wd wanted but instead depending on a very old patch for a inbuilt version of dosbox that you (or someone else, just more one point of failure when people lose interest) probably had to adjust multiple times over the years!
I'm not saying you don't have a linux port mind you. I'm saying people don't know about it, if they know about it, it's a near certainty that the dosbox fork you're depending on will stop updating in the future, and trying to put a 'full capacity' dbgl in the standard (not personal) repositories of any half decent distro would get vetoed because it's using 1 or more inbuilt patch over the thing its frontending. If you just remove the forked dosbox, people will just not know it's possible or be very annoyed that they have to download another thing manually from some random site in the internet and extract/install it in the right place.
It's going to be funny when MAME/MESS starts emulating a complete DOS machine and people start using it over dosbox because it's more out of the box friendly.
All that bitching said, i think my path is clear. I just have to try to maintain another dead patch i don't understand in my forked dosbox. Yay.