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    kernel compiling - Network Block Device Support

    Do I need to enable support for this in the kernel?

    More to it is, although I know what it can do, I'm not really sure how to use this and what is taking advantage of this support as far as software is concern.

    Generally, if I want a client machine to be able to mount a device on my server, I can use this kind of option instead of NFS or SAMBA ( which I'm really after since I want to desolate SAMBA and/or NFS for testing )

    So if I enable this, what software package can take advantage of this? Can some guru enlighten me?

    TIA

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    Re:kernel compiling - Network Block Device Support

    If you want to use NFS or samba, you need this.

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    That's not true. NFS and Samba have their own sections of the kernel config, and this is unrelated to the 'network block device' option. In all likelihood, you don't need this.

    Chances are, if you need this, the app that needs it will tell you so, and that app would likely be something pretty hardcore like an app that emulates a networked SNMP agent on /dev/nd3, which you would point to in your code like a client to test SNMP code.

    HTH.

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    Re:kernel compiling - Network Block Device Support

    That's what I thought so ..... Even Kernel compile help had said that to use NFS, you do not need this one. But I wasn't so sure about SAMBA stuff. Thanks both of ya ..

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