[OpenAFS] Re: sysname for 3.x linux kernel

Russ Allbery rra@stanford.edu
Thu, 08 Mar 2012 14:57:05 -0800

Magnus Danielson <magnus@rubidium.dyndns.org> writes:

> For packaged distributions like Debian, wrapping code into packages and
> install them onto the machines, possibly with a local package database
> in AFS, is more likely a good approach, as you would get the packaged
> dependencies sorted out.

There are still some reasons to do software distribution in AFS, usually
if the applications are huge and require a lot of careful custom work to
install them properly and therefore can't be easily packaged, but I agree:
for most sites, local disk space is cheap and installing packaged software
on each node that needs it is far easier than it used to be when we were
all using AFS for software distribution.

Also, and not least, there are now a bunch of distribution packagers who
generate vast amounts of software in that format and make it trivial to
install, whereas putting stuff in AFS requires doing a bunch of duplicate
local work.

Russ Allbery (rra@stanford.edu)             <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>