[OpenAFS] Puzzler: lack of access to AFS files

Rodney M. Dyer rmdyer@uncc.edu
Wed, 12 Dec 2007 16:58:15 -0500

At 04:25 PM 12/12/2007, Jeffrey Altman wrote:
>John Hascall wrote:
> > And it's not clear to me how much
> > longer AFS will be our main filesystem.
>What would be needed to keep AFS as your main file system?

Well mine are clearly data integrity and reliability.  Speed is important, 
but speed without some guarantee of data integrity is pointless.  Over the 
years of using AFS on Windows, we've seen more issues related to data 
integrity than we should have seen compared to other network file systems, 
and I've regarded this as disturbing.  Much more effort needs to go into 
thoroughly throttling the file system to check for data irregularities and 
file lookup glitches between the clients and the file servers, than opting 
for speed improvements.

I know some of the problems are due to how the Windows client works 
compared to the 'nix client, but the 'nix clients have shown themselves to 
be very reliable.


Rodney M. Dyer
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