On Tue, Jan 06, 2015 at 05:28:23PM +0100, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> This series adds support for the pNFS operations in NFS v4.1, as well
> as a block layout driver that can export block based filesystems that
> implement a few additional export operations. Support for XFS is
> provided in this series, but other filesystems could be added easily.
> The core pNFS code of course owns its heritage to the existing Linux
> pNFS server prototype, but except for a few bits and pieces in the
> XDR path nothing is left from it.
> The design of this new pNFS server is fairly different from the old
> one - while the old one implemented very little semantics in nfsd
> and left almost everything to filesystems my implementation implements
> as much as possible in common nfsd code, then dispatches to a layout
> driver that still is part of nfsd and only then calls into the
> filesystem, thus keeping it free from intimate pNFS knowledge.
> More details are document in the individual patch descriptions and
> code comments.
> This code is also available from:
> git://git.infradead.org/users/hch/pnfs.git pnfsd-for-3.20
Neat, thanks! I'll look at it.
Some naive questions:
- do we have evidence that this is useful in its current form?
- any advice on testing? Is there was some simple virtual setup
that would allow any loser with no special hardware (e.g., me)
to check whether they've broken the block server?
- any debugging advice? E.g., have you checked if current
wireshark can handle the MDS traffic?