[TUHS] NFS aka the guy who brought up SVr4 on Sun machines

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Wed Jan 11 07:43:55 AEST 2017


On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 10:40:03PM +0100, Joerg Schilling wrote:
> The nice idea in RFS was that it supported remote devices, but the iotcl 
> handling was a problem in AT&T UNIX before SVr4 ??? added a flag to tell 
> whether the data source was in kernel or userland. I am not sure wether RFS 
> had a concept like XDR for ioctls.

I believe it did not.

> The funny thing: RFS was supported in SunOS4, but not in SunOS-5.

And Howard Chartok was ecstatic over that decision (he was my office
mate and did the port into SunOS 4.x.  Not one of his favorite projects.)


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