diskless (or rather, readonly)
helmut at zeebar.com
Sun Aug 6 19:52:50 UTC 2006
Face it: You're on the road less travelled. It can be fun, but it's a
I have had multiple 100% silent (no moving parts) FreeBSD workstations
in my office for the last six years, and it really is the way to go, but
every time I upgrade my main server, I wind up patching a bunch of
rc.stuff and the docs are always lagging the code. It takes a few
(mostly unattended) hours to reinstall Everything on my main (basement)
FreeBSD server, and then it takes two days of fiddling to string
together the weirdness that is the latest ever-evolving version of
diskless support to resurrect my silent (office) workstations.
I suspect that if the feature was more popular, it would receive more
attention during QA and releasing. FreeBSD is not alone here; from xorg
to gnome to xmms, somehow developers over the years have assumed that
the same user would never have multiple X sessions active on multiple
hosts using the same home directory. I know this is just one of many
ways of using diskless boot, but like all the other ways, this is just
not the sort of configuration that gets tested (much apparently) before
promoting code to production.... which makes all the difference.
How to fix this? Maybe a coordinated effort to clean up this part of
the code for all and then keep it clean? Maybe we can leverage some of
the recent mainstream attention to "silent PCs" to make this a more
popular (as in "more often used") feature?
Helmut Hissen <helmut at zeebar.com>
James Mansion wrote:
> Thanks Vlidimir.
>> I think rc.diskless2 (and rc.diskless1 ) is 5.X related.
> I have to say, one of the things one hears about FreeBSD by
> proponents is that the quality of documentation is supposed to be
> better than linux. But it is depressing that when you read
> the documentation, you then have to try and work out whether
> it applies to 4.x, 5.x or is actually in any way related to
> current 6.x systems.
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