I'd love to expand on it if I was knowledgeable about it, but I am not. I
only have results of a single scenario that caused it to not work for our
needs. I'd love to learn that the speed can be addressed, but I don't have
the time (currently) to dig into it and have instead resorted to less
expensive means (buying disk vs. cpu).

It's entirely possible that IBM's under-the-covers implementation is
similar to Linux and it's simply the IFS being slow (and consuming mass CPU
in the process) that's the issue.

Aaron Bartell
litmis.com - Services for open source on IBM i


On Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 8:00 AM, Charles Wilt <charles.wilt@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Aaron,

Care to expand on that? What's different?

I was under the impression that the IBM i's NFS was the same as Linux/Unix
NFS.

Charles


On Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 8:48 AM, Aaron Bartell <aaronbartell@xxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

Drawbacks: It's a little more setup. And learning the options of
EXPORTFS and MOUNT is a curve.

One more drawback that caused me to stop using them in significant
fashion... NFS is CPU intensive when used in an IFS I/O heavy scenario
(i.e. mapping Node.js runtime). I don't have a full understanding of how
NFS works under the covers but suffice to say I learned to not put it in
a
similar camp of the Linux "mount" command (which is how I was using it,
right or wrong).

Aaron Bartell
litmis.com - Services for open source on IBM i


On Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 7:28 AM, Rob Berendt <rob@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

There are two parts to NFS. The client, and the server.
If you're familiar with QNTC then you are aware that you can do a
WRKLNK
'/QNTC/mypcserver/mypcshare' and look at shares on various PC's. This
would be a client.
You can also create a 'share' using IBM i Navigator that PC's can
access.
This would be a server.
Both QNTC and shares are comparable, but different, than NFS.
There are issues with QNTC that make some people tend to shy away from
it.

You use EXPORTFS (since EXPORT was already used in binder language) to
serve up a directory.
You use MOUNT from an IBM i client to consume what some server
exported.

Other open systems, and even old proprietary legacy systems like
Windows,
also support NFS as a client and a server.

Drawbacks: It's a little more setup. And learning the options of
EXPORTFS and MOUNT is a curve.
Pros: It works. Unlike QNTC to a system with numerous shares defined
that are multiple characters long, with many of the shares having the
first x number of characters identical.

Rob Berendt
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From: Darryl Freinkel <dhfreinkel@xxxxxxxxx>
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx

Date: 08/04/2016 08:07 AM
Subject: Explanation of NFS and other similar features/tools
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I have always seen these but never had a need to use them or so I
thought.
I do not have a need right now.

What and how are these tools intended to be used?

Reading a current thread on the NFS, I got curious. To date I have
simply
used the IFS root extensively.

TIA

Darryl Freinkel
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