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Using the InterMezzo Distributed Filesystem - page 10

Getting Connected in a Disconnected World

  • August 12, 2002
  • By Bill von Hagen

InterMezzo is a great distributed filesystem that is extremely useful for people who need to be able to access their files while they are not be connected to the network, but still want to be able to resynchronize with a central file server when they reconnect.

For complete, up-to-the-minute information about Intermezzo and versions of the software that it requires, see the Intermezzo web site at http://www.inter-mezzo.org. For up-to-the-minute access to the latest versions of the InterMezzo source code, you can use the anonymous CVS access mechanism described earlier in this article, and build it yourself.

InterMezzo is a relatively light-weight distributed filesystem that uses the standard HTTP protocols for its synchronization mechanism, and depends on standard Linux security to control access to the files that it distributes. It is easy to set up on a desktop system and provides an ideal mechanism for users to synchronize actively-used files on the network with copies on laptops, making "disconnected operation" painless on Linux. The Coda distributed filesystem also supports disconnected operation under Linux, and is the subject of the next article in this series, which will not only discuss Coda but will compare and contrast the administrative requirements of the two distributed filesystems.

Bill von Hagen has written for Linux Magazine, Maximum Linux, Linux Format, Mac Home, Mac Tech, and various Linux and Macintosh-related online publications. He is the author of books on SGML, Linux Filesystems, and Red Hat Linux, and is the co-author of a book on Mac OS X. He is the Content Manager for TimeSys Corporation.

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