[OpenAFS] Q: Diskless Clients

David Thompson thomas@cs.wisc.edu
Thu, 08 Feb 2001 07:35:09 -0600

Dirk Heinrichs wrote:
>I wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> is it possible to operate AFS clients totally diskless?
>Hmm, I think I found the answer myself:
>The cache manager can be configured to use a memory cache instead of a
>disc cache, so it should be possible to setup a diskless client which
>mounts a small root fs from an NFS machine and have the rest on AFS.

Yeah, but the memory cache sucks big time.

Depending on the architecture, you may be better off mounting a
RAM-based file system and using the disk-cache mechanism.  It's sick,
but you will probably do better with that than with the memory cache.

Dave Thompson  <thomas@cs.wisc.edu>

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