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(no) fun with NFS [Jun. 16th, 2002|06:40 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Today's involved fucking around with NFS, way more than I wanted to.

Let me summarize my hours of research:

-- NFSv2 is dumb.
-- NFSv3 is dumb with large file support.
-- WebNFS is an attempt to make NFSv3 not dumb.
-- NFSv4 isn't so dumb, but is still in development.

Why is NFSv3 dumb?

-- 3 different services, many different ports
-- TCP and/or UDP in places
-- can't load-balance/firewall easily
-- encodes host name of client in mountd request (!?)

Still fighting it all.

Might cave and go with experimental NFSv4 support. *gasp*

Time for food.
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[User Picture]From: teferi
2002-06-16 06:48 pm (UTC)
don't forget that it uses SunRPC.
nasty accident waiting to happen, reallly...
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[User Picture]From: graceadieu
2002-06-16 07:49 pm (UTC)

:)

"...Might cave and go with experimental NFSv4 support. *gasp*..."
LOL you are hilarious!
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2002-06-16 08:59 pm (UTC)
They don't call it Nightmare File System for nothing...
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From: evan
2002-06-17 10:25 am (UTC)
Couldn't you create a ramdisk on boot and scp the filesystem into it? Or wasn't that what you were doing? It seems that you don't need shared writing support, just shared reading...
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