|| ||Neil Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|| ||email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|| ||ANNOUNCE : nfs-utils 1.0.3|
|| ||Fri, 28 Mar 2003 11:33:30 +1100|
This is announcement for the release of
It is available from sourceforge:
This release is primarily for people using or planning to use
nfsd on 2.5 series kernels.
Other user's may upgrade if they like. There are a few small fixes
which might be of interest. See the Change Log.
The system call interface for exporting filesystems via NFS is defined
using types like "__kernel_dev_t" which should only be used internally
to the kernel. Using these in a user-space interface was a poor decission.
There are patches available for 2.5 which change __kernel_dev_t, at least
for i386, to be 32 bit instead of 16 bit. This is an incompatable change
and nfs-utils does not work correctly on kernels with these patches.
This version of nfs-utils uses an alternate interface which is available
in 2.5 to export file systems. This interface is not sensitive to changes
in kernel internal type definitions, and so will work independantly of these
If the new interface is not available (as it is not in 2.4), this version of
nfs-utils will fall back to the old style interface. Thus this version should
work on all platforms and all kernel releases.
It may be that when these patches are finally included into the mainline,
we will able to keep the old systemcall interface working. However as this is
not certain, using 1.0.3 (or later) is probably the best choice.
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