The Virtual File System
General file reading in Panda is handled by the Virtual File System.
Although it presents the files and directories that it provides access to as a single, unbroken file system, it can in fact include files from multiple sources (such as Multifiles) in the hierarchy, regardless of the underlying structure.
This has the advantage of allowing one to access files and directories without worrying overmuch about where they actually reside, and even access Multifile archives as a directory hierarchy.
This section is incomplete.