Pawel Jakub Dawidek announced that GEOM Gate [story] is ready for testing, though internal documentation still notes, "This is highly experimental software and isn't finished yet. Keep that in mind." GEOM Gate is built upon the GEOM 'stackable BIO subsystem' [story], and allows for the remote mounting of disk devices across a network. From the documentation:
"For example you have two machines: 'client' and 'server' and you want to mount /dev/ad0s1a from the 'server' machine on the 'client' machine."
The current GEOM Gate implementation uses the TCP protocol to transport data. Pawel notes that for better performance it should also be implemented to use UDP. Pawel's full email follows, and includes links to much more information describing the new functionality.
From: Pawel Jakub Dawidek [email blocked] To: freebsd-hackers Subject: GEOM Gate. Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 14:47:47 +0200 Hello hackers... Ok, GEOM Gate is ready for testing. For those who don't know what it is, they can read README: http://garage.freebsd.pl/geom_gate.README and presentation from WIP/BSDCon03 session: http://garage.freebsd.pl/GEOM_Gate.pdf After compliation (cd geom_gate; make; make install) you should run regression tests: # regression/runtests.sh If everything will went ok you can play with GEOM Gate and report any bugs. I've spend some time to made GEOM Gate force-remove-safe so using '-f' option with ggc(8) should be always safe. Ah! Four manual pages are added, so feel free to read them first (gg(4), geom_gate(4), ggc(8), ggd(8)) http://garage.freebsd.pl/geom_gate.tbz Enjoy! -- Pawel Jakub Dawidek [email blocked] UNIX Systems Programmer/Administrator http://garage.freebsd.pl Am I Evil? Yes, I Am! http://cerber.sourceforge.net