fs in Plan9
The terms file server, file system and the abbreviation
fsappear a lot in Plan9 documentation. For example, there are the manpages
fs(4)aka Ken's FS. This was a file server inside the kernel which required a specially built kernel and was used together with a dedicated CPU server and many terminals. It is not part of the kernel sources any more, but its manpage lives on. To add confusion, there is also a manpage
fs(8)for the console of Ken's
Then there is
kfs(4), a file system for terminals. It is implemented in user-space. No relation to Ken's FS besides the name. Strangely there seems to be no option to repair a broken
If the file system is inconsistent, the user is asked for permission to ream (q.v.) the disk.
(reaming means deleting).
kfscannot be managed by a console like Ken's
fossil, but by options to an executable
kfscmdhas commands to repair a broken
As another example for the non-injectivity of abbreviations, there's
fs(3)which is not a file system at all, but a kind of soft-raid that allows concatenation, striping and (simple) mirroring of files, e.g. disks.
On the fourth hand, there is
fossil. This is the current default for CPU and File servers. It can be configured to move its blocks to an archival storage server
venti. It is managed with its own console
fossilconswhich attaches itself not as
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