[clug] Super Dumb question. Network filesystems: NFS, CIFS and ???

steve jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Fri Apr 23 22:29:48 MDT 2010

Sorry to post such a blitheringly stupid question [hope it amuses some].

What are the non-raw filesystems available over the network?
[specifically over ethernet Layer 2 or IP layer 3]
[specifically not 'raw' methods like iSCSI or DAFS]

 - Sun's NFS. An oldie, but goldie, modulo bugs/slowness
 - CIFS/SMB. The one we love to hate :-)
 - and ???

I presume Apple has something, but unique to their closed world.

Plan 9 made a brave attempt at world unification/domination in 1989/90.
Seems to have gone nowhere/hibernation...

Andrew File System (AFS) - been around for ages, but have never bumped
into it. More about sharing local disks than accessing shared storage.

Google's File System - proprietary isn't it?

In this world of metadata and interesting filesystems, I thought there
might be new ones in relatively common use I was missing.

Wikipedia has a Category for Network File Systems:

Sort of comments I was after:
 a) "I use XXX in production systems", and
 b) "I've seen/used YYY in research, home, small-scale"


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