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Re: Mounting /usr over the network

On 29 Oct 1998, Falk Hueffner wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm working at a university, and they are pondering to use a single
> linux distributon in the future. They're currently trying Red Hat, but 
> have not decided yet. I suggested Debian, of course :)
> The main consideration is that to save administration efforts and disk 
> space, all non-essential packages should be on a AFS server. No
> distribution does support this directly AFAIK.
> There are different ways to achieve this. One could simply install the
> packages on the server and export /usr, since many packages don't need
> files in other directories. The problem is /etc; some packages need
> files there, but /etc can't be mounted remotely, since there are host
> specific things in there. (BTW, I think host specific/arch
> specific/unspecific config files should all be in different places. I
> think while switching to the new FHS standard, we should agree on a
> location for them, since we won't use /opt for the packages, IIRC.)
That would be cool and logical.

> One could also try to install the packages on every machine and trick
> dpkg into not unpacking anything in /usr. But then one would have to
> edit config files on all machines. Also, install scripts are a
> problem. Some ask questions, which have to be answered on every
> machine. Some might try to write something to /usr, etc.
> Has anybody yet tried something like that, or can give me some hints?

I am trying to distribute appropriate files in non /usr partition through
cfengine, seems to work.


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