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    3: title="New automounter"
    5: contact="""
    6: [tech-kern](
    7: """
    9: mentors="""
   10: """
   12: category="filesystems"
   13: difficulty="medium"
   14: duration="3 months"
   16: description="""
   17: NetBSD currently uses amd for automatically mounting (network) file systems. This software package implements an automounter file system as a userland NFS daemon. While this generally works it has major drawbacks:
   19: * File systems are not mounted directly on the desired mount point. As a result applications frequently use incorrect pathnames (e.g. `/amd/server/home/user` instead of `/home/user`) for automatically mounted directories or files beneath them. This is especially problematic in heterogeneous enviroments where not all machines use the same automounter.
   20: * The automounter daemon cannot handle high I/O load very well; file access occasionally fails with intermittent errors.
   21: * Userland NFS daemons are prone to deadlocking.
   23: The milestones of this project are:
   25: * implement a new automounter solution which has configurable mount points
   26: * improve behavior under load I/O
   27: * show benchmarks and implement automated tests
   29: There are at least two possible approaches: one is to port FreeBSD's
   30: autofs(4), which is an in-kernel file system. This has the advantage
   31: of already existing, and being at least loosely Linux and Solaris
   32: compatible. (One could also write a new autofs but that doesn't seem
   33: like a dominant strategy.)
   35: Another possible approach is a new userland daemon using puffs.
   37: Note that automount configuration is a complex and largely unsolved
   38: problem. While it's desirable to be compatible with existing
   39: automounter configuration (because often organizations like to
   40: distribute automounter maps through NIS or other facilities) it's also
   41: desirable to have a simple, comprehensible, and cogent configuration
   42: scheme and these desires are rather at odds.
   43: """
   44: ]]
   46: [[!tag gsoc]]

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