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Re: Problems with nfs
On Apr 25 09:39, Fedin Pavel wrote:
> On 24.04.2012 18:11, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> >An NFS client is a filesystem driver. There are companies
> >providing such NFS clients, one of them Microsoft with SFU on
> >pre-Vista and the NFS client in Vista/W7 Ultimate/Enterprise.
> BTW, IIRC in Cygwin we can mount SMB/CIFS shares using 'smbfs' in
> the fstab. Why can't we do the same for NFS?
You can, and you didn't read the User's Manual. See
http://cygwin.com/cygwin-ug-net/using.html#mount-table, fifth paragraph:
The third field describes the type of the filesystem. Cygwin supports
any string here, since the file system type is usually not evaluated.
So it doesn't matter if you write FAT into this field even if the
filesystem is NTFS. Cygwin figures out the filesystem type and its
capabilities by itself.
I'm using NFS shares via Microsoft's NFS client all the time. A typical
mount table entry looks like this:
Y:/src /home/corinna/src foo binary 0 0
and the mount output for this looks like this:
$ mount | grep src
Y:/src on /home/corinna/src type nfs (binary,user)
So, again, just to be clear, the content of the third field in
/etc/fstab or /etc/fstab.d/$USER doesn't matter at all. Cygwin doesn't
store it anywhere. It figures out the FS type by itself, regardless
what's written in the fstab files.
> And second point. Of course we can use SFU client, but there'll be
> one problem. It won't expose symlinks etc correctly, because it's
> Windows native thing.
How do you know? Did you test it? Did you have a look into the code?
Cygwin understands NFS symlinks just fine, and when it creates symlinks
on NFS, these are *real* symlinks, not Cygwin-type fake symlinks. When
it recognizes SFU NFS shares, it uses special functionality provided by
the SFU NFS driver to read and create symlinks and to access file
metadata on these shares.
(look for fhandler_base::fstat_by_nfs_ea(), fhandler_disk_file::fchmod(),
(look for symlink_worker(), symlink_info::check_nfs_symlink(),
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