Re: NFS Client patch

From: Chris Mason (
Date: Fri Jul 20 2001 - 09:07:13 EST

On Friday, July 20, 2001 10:50:57 AM +0200 Trond Myklebust <> wrote:

>>>>>> " " == Hans Reiser <> writes:
> > The current code does rely on hidden knowledge of the filesytem
> > on the server, and refuses to operate with any FS that does not
> > describe a position in a directory as an offset or hash that
> > fits into 32 or 64 bits.
> I'm not saying that ReiserFS is wrong to question the correctness of
> this. I'm just saying that NFSv2 and v3 are fixed protocols, and that
> it's too late to do anything about them. I read Chris mail as a
> suggestion of creating yet another NQNFS, and this would IMHO be a
> mistake. Better to concentrate on NFSv4 which is meant to be
> extendible.

Ah, then I was unclear...I think that while we certainly could
make linux (or reiserfs) specific changes to NFSvOld, it would be
a really bad idea. In my mind, the biggest strength behind NFS
is its cross platform support, and maintaining some extension
would only be slightly more fun than daily visits to the dentist ;-)

I also think it is easy to call NFSv4 poorly designed, but much
harder to design it to exploit the strengths of every FS on every
unix flavor. Shrug, there are tradeoffs everywhere.

I don't plan on supporting NFSv4 because it is the best network
filesystem ever made, but because it is in our best interest to
be compatible with those kinds of industry standards.


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