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

Dave Botsch botsch@cnf.cornell.edu
Thu, 8 Mar 2012 20:13:19 -0500

Well, yes, disk is cheap (less cheap these days) and it's not that hard
to distribute software to each machine. But, if the sw is in AFS, then I
don't have to. Install it once, into AFS, and all machines see it as
soon as I do a "vos release" (versus having to wait for the sw to push
out to the various machines). That many less configuration lines in
cfengine or whatever.

On Thu, Mar 08, 2012 at 02:57:05PM -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:
> 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/>
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David William Botsch
CNF Computing