Apr. 25th, 2012

armb: Dog jumping in water (Default)
I want a network filesystem that continues to work when the network goes away, and magically reconciles stuff when it comes back. (For use on a Linux laptop which mostly lives in a docking station, but not always.)

I've found http://www.coda.cs.cmu.edu/ and http://code.google.com/p/tsumufs/

Both of them look as if they are trying to solve exactly this problem, but both look like interesting research projects not really ready for production use. Am I wrong? Have I missed something?

If I fall back on "have a local copy, sync regularly with the server", any recommendations?
("Make it all a DVCS repository" (bazaar looks a front runner, git another strong possibility), and Unison are possibilities.)

(And, related, I want to be able to login while disconnected, but keep account information in step with the stuff currently using NIS.
Use "ypcat passwd" (while connected) and compare with local entries?
http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/oneiric/man8/sync-accounts.8.html ?
Something else?)
armb: Dog jumping in water (Default)
Also, said laptop should be able to switch from a wired network connection inside a firewall, to wifi outside firewall with VPN, transparently, when undocked/unplugged.

Or failing that, manual switching should be easy.

Recommendations? (For Ubuntu 11.10 or 12.04)

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