[Techtalk] wdfs vs sshfs vs the perfect fs
kelly.terry.jones at gmail.com
Wed Nov 26 01:26:37 UTC 2008
I recently installed wdfs and sshfs on my FreeBSD server + mounted a
filesystem under each.
"df -k" and "tail -r" work great under sshfs.
"df -k" doesn't work under wdfs (always shows 100% usage) and "tail
-r" just hangs.
sshfs also seems a little faster. Is all this normal?
I figured webdav would handle "tail -r" better using HTTP's "Range"
parameter, but I guess not. How does sshfs get to the end of a file so
fast w/o doing a sequential read?
What's the best way to mount a remote disk assuming I don't have root
access on the target server? sshfs? wdfs? something else?
I assume 'mount' is best if I do have root access.
Specially interested in "random access" files like DBMs or
Reason I ask: many hosting providers offer insane amounts of disk
space for next to nothing, but they limit what you can do. By mounting
the large disk, I can add virtual space to my more expensive dedicated
server. It's slow, but useful when disk access speed is not an issue.
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