Method to Manage Network Machine Start-Ups
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
This article describes a way of attaching a node to one or more remote nodes without requiring that the nodes be powered up in any specific time sequence. The specific implementation discussed is that of the Distributed Services product which runs under the AIX* operating system for the IBM RT PC. Remote mounts are used to allow one machine to gain access to the directories of another machine. Frequently a node will need access to a fairly static set of remote directories. It is typical to put entries in /etc/rc to cause the necessary mounts to be issued at start-up time. The desired function is: 1. at start-up time all of the necessary mounts are issued 2. when a program wants to open a remote file (perhaps much later in the day), it simply issues an open with the necessary path.