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Re: AFS in FreeBSD ...



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- --On Monday, January 21, 2008 10:42:04 +0000 Robert Watson 
<rwatson_(_at_)_FreeBSD_(_dot_)_org> wrote:


> I'm not sure there's a benefit to importing the OpenAFS server into the
> FreeBSD src tree, given that it's already well-maintained and fairly
> functional as a port.  The main area of potential benefit is, in fact, the
> Arla client, which would then be able to track FreeBSD VFS changes, and
> offers a relatively static interface to the userland components that could
> continue to live in the port.
>
> After chatting with a few of the OpenAFS folks, the current concensus is that
> the OpenAFS client kernel parts are a lot more involved than the Arla ones,
> as much of the cache manager is implemented there, whereas with Arla it's
> just a user file system interface and so a lot less complex.

Not arguing against it, but if OpenAFS puts the cache manager in the client, 
and Arla doesn't have it ... what do we lose going with Arla vs OpenAFS?

> So I think the short-term plan, if the Arla folks are willing and we can get
> a functional Arla module sync'd to 8-CURRENT, would be to get nnpfs into
> FreeBSD's src/sys.

What about 6 and 7?  Its going to be, what, a year+ before 8.0 is released ... 
seems a long time to send people looking for this sort of thing over to 
OpenSolaris or Linux :(  Is this something we're going to either be able to get 
into 6/7, or get a port for this to those versions?

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