ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5

Synthetic file system

Okay kiddo, let me explain what a synthetic file system is. Do you know what a file system is? It's like a filing cabinet for your computer, where you can store and organize all your files and folders.

Now, imagine a synthetic file system as a magical filing cabinet that is not actually real, but it looks and acts just like a real one. It's like a pretend filing cabinet that exists only in the computer's memory.

This pretend filing cabinet can be created by a computer program or an app that makes it look like it's storing files and folders, and you can access and organize them just like if they were in a real filing cabinet. But in reality, the files and folders are stored somewhere else, like in the cloud or on a different computer.

This can be really helpful in some situations, like when you're working with multiple computers or want to access your files from anywhere. A synthetic file system lets you access your files as if they were always there, even if they're actually somewhere else.

So, that's a synthetic file system in a nutshell, a pretend filing cabinet that makes it easy for you to access and organize your files even if they're stored somewhere else. Pretty cool, huh?