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

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Wed Jan 11 13:32:35 AEST 2017

As a Sun guy it was obvious that NFS should win.  Sun ran all of
engineering on NFS, it actually worked and worked well.  When I left Sun
I found out that nobody did NFS anywhere as near as well as Sun did it.
At SGI NFS was a joke, we had senior engineers who said "don't trust
that, use rcp"  (looking at you Dave Olsen).  That was weird to me,
at Sun NFS just worked, as in you never thought about it not working.
Everywhere else it was so-so.

On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 07:17:20PM -0800, Mary Ann Horton wrote:
> As I recall, RFS was implemented over virtual circuits, whereas NFS was over
> datagrams (UDP).  RFS was well suited to Datakit, which only did virtual
> circuits, and they often were used together inside Bell Labs.  One of the
> reasons NFS won is that IP won over Datakit.
> On 01/10/2017 04:56 PM, Steve Simon wrote:
> >There is also RFS, I think a USG package for SYSVr3. The paper I have
> >About this is by Author L Sabsevitz, though I don???t know if he was the author
> >of the code, or just the paper.
> >
> >

Larry McVoy            	     lm at mcvoy.com             http://www.mcvoy.com/lm 

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