File Delegation, at least read-only. This would do amazing things for read-only
environments where we have a pool of web/app servers that mount content
read-only from a central NFS server... good examples of this might be imageserving.
From section 1.4.6 of the NFSv4 RFC (http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3530.txt):
The major addition to NFS version 4 in the area of caching is the
ability of the server to delegate certain responsibilities to the
client. When the server grants a delegation for a file to a client,
the client is guaranteed certain semantics with respect to the
sharing of that file with other clients. At OPEN, the server may
provide the client either a read or write delegation for the file.
If the client is granted a read delegation, it is assured that no
other client has the ability to write to the file for the duration of
the delegation. If the client is granted a write delegation, the
client is assured that no other client has read or write access to
Delegations can be recalled by the server. If another client
requests access to the file in such a way that the access conflicts
with the granted delegation, the server is able to notify the initial
client and recall the delegation. This requires that a callback path
exist between the server and client. If this callback path does not
exist, then delegations can not be granted. The essence of a
delegation is that it allows the client to locally service operations
such as OPEN, CLOSE, LOCK, LOCKU, READ, WRITE without immediate
interaction with the server.
So, I think the question is simply whether our NFSv4 implementation supports
file delegation as described in the NFSv4 standard?
PM ACK for U6
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