[OpenAFS] Soft mounts for /afs root

Derek Atkins warlord@MIT.EDU
13 Jun 2001 21:03:59 -0400

This was certainly on the list of things to do...


Jeff Riegel <riegel@almaden.ibm.com> writes:

> We have been looking into modifying the AFS client to support "soft mounts"
> for the AFS root directory.  Currently, /afs is mounted from your home
> cell's root.afs volume and provides mount points to each cell's root.cell
> volume.  The modification would allow the client to see a virtual /afs
> with cell mount points determined from a client-specific database or
> configuration file.  A mechanism could be provided to allow the user to
> add a particular cell to his AFS root, similar to a Web bookmark.
> This approach should allow a client to have access to the AFS space without
> needing to be a member of a home cell.  We are therefore considering calling
> this project the "Freelance AFS client".
> We'd like to get feedback from the AFS user community regarding this
> project.  Does it seem like a useful function?  Any specific features
> that people feel we should include?  Also, we would like to know if work
> is already underway on such a project.  Thanks for any input.
> Jeff Riegel
> riegel@almaden.ibm.com
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