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Re: Some notes on the next generation LTSP (getting LTSP into Debian/main)

On Tue, Jul 05, 2005 at 11:44:00AM +0200, Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:
> [Petter Reinholdtsen]
> > It also need some adjustment for the kernel used on the clients, as
> > it uses unionfs and also need to handle NFS root file system.
> I asked on #debian-kernel about unionfs, and Christoph Hellwig claimed
> that "unionfs is broken and a mess", as it is "oopsable, wrong
> interface and the code is a total mess".  He also said "we'll
> hopefully get working unionmounts upstream this year".  He provided
> <URL:http://www.fsl.cs.sunysb.edu/pipermail/unionfs/2005-July/> with
> background information on the problems with unionfs.
> So perhaps unionfs isn't the best option for the next generation LTSP?

There hasn't been movement on an upstream union mount solution in years.
unionfs definitely has its problems, but LTSP isn't a very demanding client,
and Knoppix is using it successfully for simple cases.

Petter, if you'd like to submit a patch to provide an optional traditional
symlink+ramdisk alternative configuration in the packages, that's OK with

 - mdz

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