[TUHS] RFS was: Re: UNIX of choice these days?

arnold at skeeve.com arnold at skeeve.com
Wed Sep 27 18:44:02 AEST 2017


Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Sep 24, 2017 at 1:51 PM, Arthur Krewat <krewat at kilonet.net> wrote:
>
> > Where does RFS (AT&T System III) fit in all of this?
> >
> Well it was not in PWB 3.0 - aka System III.

It was in System V Release 3, thus the confusion.  Sun integrated it
into SunOS 4.0 (IIRC) and then pulled it out around 4.1.something. It
was for sure gone from 4.1.3 and 4.1.4.

> > Just looking for history on RFS if any.
> >
> David Arnovitz's work -- Dave worked for us at Masscomp in Atlanta
> afterwards.

Interesting!  I never knew that he was involved with it. I don't think
his name was on any of the USENIX papers.

He and I grew up on the same street, and both sets of parents still
live there.  He later (with Perry Flinn) went on to found Secureware
and they did quite well for themselves in the 90s.

> RFS was based on ideas Peter had used in Eighth Edition file system.  When
> we did EFS @ Masscomp, Perry Flinn and I were both aware of Peter's work ...

I briefly overlapped Perry at Georgia Tech. He was one of the three
major developers of the Georgia Tech Software Tools Subsystem for Pr1me
Computers that I later was involved with.  A very bright guy; no idea
where he is now.

Arnold



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