Hans Reiser wrote:
Peter, do you agree with his point that mounting should be something
ordinary users can do on mountpoints they have write permission for?
Do you agree that a systematic review of user friendliness would help
NFS? Do you think that NFS should look at SFS and consider adopting
some of its features?
I think that connecting to required data could be more easily done than
currently. I don't know about allowing file systems to be mounted without
some form of control or resource utilization controls however.
I do agree that the entire user experience associated with using and trying
to administrate an NFS network could stand a good, long, hard look.
Traditional tools such as the automounter were nice 15 years ago, but have
not evolved with the world, nor have the rest of the system tools for
monitoring and managing NFS clients and servers.
I could definitely envision better ways to handle things. In the past,
many of the arguments against making things better were security related.
There has been strong (relative term) security available to NFS
since 1997, but many vendors have not implemented it and many customers
it difficult to deploy because the underlying tools were very difficult to
deploy. Many of the vendors are now implementing the security
more work is required on the underlying security mechanisms, making them
easier to deploy.
With proper security, usable monitoring and management tools, and flexible
resource controls, then I wouldn't see why NFS mounts should be anything
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