"hard mounts"

Nathan Neulinger nneul@umr.edu
Sat, 17 Mar 2001 10:11:18 -0600

Lyle Seaman wrote:
> Phil.Moore@msdw.com wrote:
> > We depend on this here at MSDW, and without it, wouldn't be running
> > AFS.  See the long winded story below if you don't understand why this
> > is so important.
> >
> I think I can explain this concisely.  MSDW has (had?) an essentially
> data-less configuration.  98% of the client OS executables actually
> resided in AFS Read-Only volumes, especially including the X server and
> some other critical things.
> In the event of a network outage, the client would sequentially time-out
> on each of the three or four replicas, and then X would crash, along with
> all the applications.  Recovery basically involved rebooting,
> which turned a four-minute outage into a 15-minute outage.

I presume that the hard mount support means that the timeouts are
disabled, and the machine just hangs until the volume is available

-- Nathan

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