What linux lacks most - a decent remote fs

Roger Heflin rogerheflin at gmail.com
Wed Mar 26 16:18:48 UTC 2008

Tom Horsley wrote:
> On Wed, 26 Mar 2008 09:58:50 -0500
> Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com> wrote:
>> What kind of problems do you see? It can be hard to get firewall 
>> openings right and it depends on uid's matching at the client and server 
>> for file ownership and permissions, but those things either work right 
>> or not at all.  You shouldn't see reliability or performance problems 
>> unless you have hundreds of busy clients.
> What I mostly see is every imaginable problem on different machines
> at different times :-).
> I think the root cause is related to having vast numbers of different
> versions of unix/linux on different machines all of which claim
> to "support" NFS, but which together are highly unreliable (especially
> the ones too old to support tcp connections).
> The worst problem is data corruption on writes, especially writing
> large files across NFS, they will often wind up with large chunks of
> zero bytes in place of the actual data.

You don't happen to be writing a given file from 2 different machines do you? 
ie odd blocks from one machine, even from the other?

I have not had that bad of luck with NFS, and I have been using in since linux 
2.2 against a variety of Unix machines.


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