Opened 10 years ago

Last modified 8 years ago

#576 new enhancement

Network file server and network file system client

Reported by: Martin Decky Owned by: Jakub Jermář
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: helenos/srv/vfs Version: mainline
Keywords: gsoc14, gsoc15 Cc:
Blocker for: Depends on:
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Description (last modified by Vojtech Horky)

Implement and networked file server and networked file system client.

The HelenOS networking stack is mature and there are some networked servers and clients already implemented, but the system still lacks an user-friendly way of accessing remote file systems and serving its own file system to remote hosts over the network.

The goal of this ticket is twofold: (a) Implementing a networked file server that would serve a part of the local file system in HelenOS to remote host over the network. (b) Implementing a file system client (a file system driver) that would allow to access some remote file server over the network and possibly mount the remote file storage as a file system.

Both the server and the client should support at least one of the following common communication protocols. The server and the client for HelenOS should also have at least some protocols in common in order to be interoperable.
  • SFTP
  • 9P
  • SMB
  • NFS
What Gains and Benefits will this bring?
Having a working and interoperable file server and file system client will have a huge number of benefits for HelenOS, ranging from easier debugging and testing (accessing the files of the running HelenOS system remotely and storing data to remote hosts) to practical day-to-day usability.
Medium to High
Required skills
A successful applicant will have good skills of programming in the C languages and the ability to survive in a non-standard non-POSIX application environment. Experience with networking in general and file sharing protocols in particular will be very beneficial.
Possible mentors
HelenOS Core Team, Martin Decky

Change History (4)

comment:1 by Vojtech Horky, 10 years ago

Description: modified (diff)

comment:2 by Jakub Jermář, 9 years ago

Keywords: gsoc15 added

comment:3 by Jakub Jermář, 8 years ago

Milestone: 0.6.1

comment:4 by Jiri Svoboda, 8 years ago

There is a thesis in progress at MFF Network file system for HelenOS

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