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From Brian Behlendorf <>
Subject Re: WebNFS?...
Date Sat, 08 Jun 1996 01:49:40 GMT
On Fri, 7 Jun 1996, Roy T. Fielding wrote:
> > Are these people talking about URLs of the form
> > 'webnfs://', and if so would there be a separate
> > webnfs server or would there bee a desire to integrate a mod_webnfs.c
> > into Apache?
> No, they are just marketing without a clue.  Does it go through firewalls,
> or is it just
>     file:/net/
> in a fancy wrapper?  Actually, I don't care -- I'm just tired of being
> asked questions like "why use HTTP when (A|N)FS already exists ...".
> If they don't know by now, then my answer wouldn't satisfy them either.

This is just about it.  We told them all the same things - their response 
was that file:/ was insufficient since there is no mapping to a host in 
that URL, the mapping happens via /etc/fstab or something beyond the 
control of the average user.  So they need


to be able to get to nsf hosts which aren't directly mounted.

The hilarious part (or not) is that NFS is one of 8 or so protocols in 
the industry-defined "Network Computer Reference Platform" - the others 
are such favorites as SMTP, FTP, POP, HTTP, and others.


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