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mnt - attach to Styx servers




The mount driver is used by Sys->mount (but not Sys->bind; see sys-bind(2)) to connect the name space of a process to the service provided by a Styx server over a communications channel. After the mount, file operations in that portion of the name space will be converted by the mount driver into the appropriate Styx messages to the server, and its Styx replies returned as the status of the system calls.

Any authentication must precede mount, which does none itself; see security-intro(2) for a discussion of the authentication and security mechanisms provided `ready made' by Inferno, but any other scheme can be agreed between client and server. The mount system call does, however, issue an attach(5) message to the server to identify the user of the connection. Each distinct user of a connection must mount it separately; the mount driver multiplexes the access of the various users and their processes to the service.

File-oriented system calls are converted by the kernel into messages in the Styx protocol. Within the kernel, Styx is implemented by procedure calls to the various kernel device drivers, as described in intro(10) and dev(10.2). The mount driver translates these procedure calls into remote procedure calls to be transmitted as messages over the communication channel to the server. Each message is implemented by a write of the corresponding protocol message to the server channel followed by a read on the server channel to get the reply. Errors in the reply message are turned into system call error returns.

A sys-read(2) or Sys->write system call on a file served by the mount driver may be translated into more than one message, since there is a maximum data size for a Styx message. The system call will return when the specified number of bytes have been transferred or a short reply is returned.

The string #M is an illegal file name, so this device can be accessed directly only by the kernel.


bind(1), sys-bind(2)




When mounting a service through the mount driver, that is, when the channel being multiplexed is itself a file being served by the mount driver, large messages may be broken in two.

MNT(3) Rev:  Thu Feb 15 14:43:36 GMT 2007