[OpenAFS] 'diskless' clients with AFS in Linux initrd

Cees de Groot cg@cdegroot.com
Fri, 14 Dec 2001 21:10:35 +0100

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jhutz@cmu.edu said:
> Offhand, this seems like a bad idea.  Virtually all programs in a
> running Linux system are demand-paged from disk.  Imagine for a moment
> what would happen if the fileserver on which init lived went away,
> thereby preventing init from being paged in. 

The same for any diskless client. AFS brings the advantage that stuff is 
cached at the local drive - better performance and less network load - and 
that you could replicate almost everything (except for a tiny volume for 
/etc). I'm not quite sure how replication, caching, and local open files go 
together, but I think the impact of one server going should be fairly minimal.

>  I used to support installing RedHat systems via AFS, but had to stop
> doing that with RH7.1 when AFS stopped working in the initrd
> environment. 

A pity. Thanks for the info, anyway. 
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