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

Pete Wright pete at nomadlogic.org
Fri Sep 29 03:22:10 AEST 2017

On 09/28/2017 07:08, David wrote:
>> 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.

It is funny you mention this - someone mentioned RedHat is doing 
something similar to this in Boston next week:



Pete Wright
pete at nomadlogic.org

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