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

David david at kdbarto.org
Fri Sep 29 00:08:27 AEST 2017

> It's important to note, when talking about NFS, that there was Sun's NFS
> and everyone else's NFS.  Sun ran their entire company on NFS.  /usr/dist
> was where all the software that was not part of SunOS lived, it was an
> NFS mounted volume (that was replicated to each subnet).  It was heavily
> used as were a lot of other things.  The automounter at Sun just worked,
> wanted to see your buddies stuff?  You just cd-ed to it and it worked.
> Much like mmap, NFS did not export well to other companies.  When I went
> to SGI I actually had a principle engineer (like Suns distinguished
> engineer) tell me "nobody trusts NFS, use rcp if you care about your
> data".  What.  The.  Fuck.  At Sun, NFS just worked.  All the time.
> The idea that it would not work was unthinkable and if it ever did
> not work it got fixed right away.
> Other companies, it was a checkbox thing, it sorta worked.  That was
> an eye opener for me.  mmap was the same way, Sun got it right and 
> other companies sort of did.
I remember the days of NFS Connect-a-thons where all the different
vendors would get together and see if they all interoperated. It was
interesting to see who worked and who didn’t. And all the hacking to
fix your implementation to talk to vendor X while not breaking it working
with vendor Y.

Good times indeed.


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