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Using the InterMezzo Distributed Filesystem - page 9

Getting Connected in a Disconnected World

  • August 12, 2002
  • By Bill von Hagen

The cost of Linux and the fact that it is continually being enhanced are two of the best features of Linux. One unfortunate side effect of the number of different Linux distributions and associated software and kernel versions is that this makes it difficult for articles such as this one to guarantee that kernel-level procedures, such as loading and using a new type of filesystem, will work in every case.

InterMezzo is actively being used and is quite stable, but is continually being enhanced and optimized. If you encounter problems with the InterMezzo loadable kernel module that is provided with your kernel distribution, the easiest solution is to obtain the source code for the latest version and compile and install it on your system.

The InterMezzo development project, like hundreds of other useful collaborative Open Source development projects, is hosted at SourceForge. The InterMezzo project page there is http://sourceforge.net/projects/intermezzo, where you can get the latest releases of InterMezzo there by using the following commands when connected to the Internet:


cvs -d:pserver:anonymous@cvs.intermezzo.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/intermezzo login
cvs -z3 -d:pserver:anonymous@cvs.intermezzo.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/intermezzo co izo

The first command logins you in anonymously to the InterMezzo project's CVS server, while the second retrieves the source code for the izo source directory from which you can build the InterMezzo loadable kernel module.

Once you've retrieved the source code, make sure that a directory or symbolic link named /usr/src/linux exists, pointing to the kernel source code on your system. Next, change directory to the izo directory that you retrieved earlier and execute the following commands:


sh autogen.sh
./configure
make install

After executing these commands, you should reboot your system if you had already loaded it during the current session. You can then repeat the commands described for starting the InterMezzo client or server sections of this article, depending on where you experienced the problem.

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