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Re: using NFS from homogeneous (almost) systems

From: Mike Castle
Subject: Re: using NFS from homogeneous (almost) systems
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2001 14:53:04 -0800
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On Thu, Mar 22, 2001 at 01:02:25PM -0500, Frederic Brehm wrote:
> What are the pros and cons of using NFS to access the CVS repository
> between systems that are similar? What if the OS version isn't
> exactly the same?

stability and speed are two issues.

Even if you were 100% certain of your NFS client/server (just because
they're the same doesn't mean they always work well together!) are robust,
think about this:

If you do a cvs diff -r 1.3 -r 1.8 somefile.c, if you are using NFS, your
NFS client is going to have to traverse the file, extracting all the bits
and pieces, and make the two temp files then do the diff on them.  Where
as, if you do it using client/server, then the server is going to do that
work by accessing everything locally.  Even if multiple people are doing
that, the speed of local disks over NFS access is going to be the
controlling factor.

Just say no to NFS and just use :ext: with rsh or ssh.

       Mike Castle       Life is like a clock:  You can work constantly
  address@hidden  and be right all the time, or not work at all and be right at least twice a day.  -- mrc
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