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SubjectkNFSd maintenance in 2.2.19pre

Greeting all.

Now that 2.2.18 is out with all the nfs (client and server) patches
that we were waiting for for so long, it is time to look at on-going
maintenance for knfsd.

There are already a couple of issues that have come up and it is
quite possible that more will arise as the user-base grows.
Also, there are quite a few changes that have gone into 2.4 that
could usefully go into 2.2.

I have discussed the issue of maintenance with Dave Higgen - the
maintainer of the knfsd patchset that finally went into 2.2.18, and
he is happy to leave knfsd for a while and let me run with it.

So, I have started putting some patches together and they can be
found at

They are mostly back ports of bits from 2.4 with a couple of real bug
fixes, one thanks to Chip Salzenberg and one which allows Solaris
clients to access /dev/null over NFSv3 properly.

I hope to feed these patches to Alan for inclusion in 2.2.19-preX
early in the new year after I (and you?) have done a bit of testing.

Note: the patches aren't all quite as independant as they should be
just at the moment (e.g. I made a patch, started on another and then
found a bug in the first, so the fix for the first ended up in the
second). This will get sorted out next time I generate a patch set.

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