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Creating a Virtual File System

A virtual file system is created using the newvs command. The newvs command is for use by the site administratorgif. To have a virtual system created, send a message to pfs-administrator at your site.

If you want to run a server but don't want the hassle of setting up your own site, we can arrange to have virtual systems stored on your server but have your server still be part of the ISI guest site. We recommend this option.

    newvs [-v#] [-e] [host [name [home [owner [desc_file]]]]]

The newvs command is used to create a new virtual system. If called with no arguments, the user is prompted for the system on which the new virtual system is to reside, the name of the virtual system, the home directory, the owner, and the name of the description file.

The name of the virtual system is the default name with which it will appear in the local site's master list of virtual systems. This name is not automatically exported beyond the local site.

newvs will create the virtual system, assign a global name to it, and add the selected name in the master list of virtual systems for the local site. It will also copy the links from the prototype virtual system to the newly created one. The -e option will suppress this copying, and will leave the new virtual system empty. As a final step, newvs will optionally write a description file that may be read by vfsetup.

The -v option is followed by an integer and sets the verbosity level. The meaning of the verbosity levels are presented in Table 3.

Table 3: Verbosity levels for newvs 

Padma Indraganti
Tue Jul 9 11:37:24 PDT 1996