Commit 7855f983 authored by Mike Hibler's avatar Mike Hibler

New file to track Things That Could Be Done

parent 5b90d365
Things that could be done:
1. Monitor temperature sensor on CPU (mike)
Linux and probably BSD have drivers/software for reading the temp
sensors. We should use, maybe in conjunction with Dave's autostatus
to make sure things like fan failure don't kill a CPU.
2. Filesystem compression (mike)
Jay's Holy Grail of Ultimate Disk Image Compression. I see three
ways of doing this:
- Have the "zip" part effectively do a tar of everything in the FS
and make a note of how big the FS is. Unzip will newfs a filesystem
of the same size and untar. Note that I don't necessarily mean a
literal tar/untar as you may want to operate beneath the FS level
for speed. Downside is that you don't create an exact copy of the
original. If something in the original relies on exact location
(e.g., LILO), ya be screwed.
- Modify zlib (or create a new OSKit library) to know about filesystem
formats, at least UFS and EXT2FS. The zipper will recognize free
blocks and encode them special. The unzipper will note these special
runs and just leave room on the disk (rather than zero them). Note
the information security issue here, we need to provide the user
with an option to wipe the disk when they are done so that their
old stuff doesn't leak through into a new experiment.
- A not so obvious solution with beneficial side-effects would be to
write a tool to expand filesystems like UFS and EXT2FS. Then we
could make our image filesystems just big enough to hold everything
we care about, and create regularly zipped images of those.
The unzipper, expands the small disk image and then goes in and
grows the filesystem to some reasonable size. A filesystem
expansion (contraction?) tool would probably be a nice addition to
*BSD and/or Linux. Note that this assumes we are creating images
with only a single partition (OS), otherwise you still have to
fill out the first partition no matter how little of it you used.
FYI: long ago I asked Kirk about expanding an FFS filesystem and this
is what he said:
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From: mckusick@chez.Berkeley.EDU (Kirk Mckusick)
To: mike@cs (Mike Hibler)
Subject: Re: a UFS question
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 91 17:11:17 PDT
Date: Fri, 5 Jul 91 17:43:36 -0600
From: mike@cs.utah.edu (Mike Hibler)
To: mckusick@okeeffe.Berkeley.EDU
Subject: a UFS question
Occasionally we come across a situation where it would be
nice to expand a filesystem. Rather than create a new
filesystem it would be nice if you could extend an existing
one. How practical is that with the 4.2 FS? It seems like
things are fairly encapsulated at the cylinder group level
so it might not be that hard to add more groups. Is there
any static-sized global state (e.g. bitmaps in the superblock)
that would make this impossible?
Thought I would go straight to the source rather than
muddling around.
In theory expanding a filesystem is not too difficult. The basic
algorithm is to add more cylinder groups (possibly first expanding
an existing partial cylinder group at the end of the old filesystem).
The easiest way to do this is to update the superblock to reflect
the larger size and zero out the inode blocks in the new cylinder
groups (if any). Then run fsck to update the bit maps in the new or
expanded cylinder groups. The only caveat is that the superblock
summary maps are allocated in the data fragments immediately
following the inodes in the first cylinder group. If you add enough
new cylinder groups to overflow the previously allocated fragments,
you will have to relocate the immediately following fragment to make
room for the expanded summary information. On a filesystem with 1K
fragments, each fragment holds summaries for 64 cylinder groups,
so you can only easily increase (i.e. without relocating an existing
file) the total number of cylinder groups to a multiple of 64.
~Kirk
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3. A new tip (mike)
Things that are wrong with tip in the environment we use it for
(remote console access):
- Inflexible authentication model. If there is no lock file and you
can access the tty, you are in. We need to verify a user ID and tty
combo from a database.
- Obsolete escape sequences. Not only are useless, but interfere with
running things like emacs.
- Ineffective cleanup. You kill one half of the tip, the other side
might get left around, the lock file left, the tty left screwed up,
you name it.
- Obsolete or inefficient model. The two-process input/output model
hardly seems worthwhile. A simple select-based scheme is probably
more efficient in the modern age.
- No direct remote access. You must run tip on the machine with the
serial line. You can r/slogin to that machine from anywhere, but
there is an extra layer of program.
- Inadequate logging. We introduced a layer between the tty and tip
to provide good logging. Shouldn't be necessary.
What we want is something along the lines of our current capture,
a server per serial port which:
- always logs to a disk file,
- allows one (or multiple) users can connect via sockets and get output
from (or provide input to) the serial line,
- ensures all such connections are access checked, with access checking
abstracted to allow for different implementations,
- supports few (no?) magic escape sequences,
- possibly encrypts traffic,
4. Make DNARDs useful (mike)
Have someone produce interesting software for the DNARDs. If they
are going to be source/sinks, make useful standalone OSKit kernels
to avoid needing NetBSD if possible. Start with the oskit traffic-gen
programs and beef them up (i.e., make them work on the DNARDs, make
them remotely, dynamically controllable).
5. Teach tcpdump about spanning tree and other inter-switch traffic (mike)
Even if it could just make it easier to identify in the output,
or even better, give us a simple handle so that we can exclude it
(e.g., "tcpdump not switchtraffic") I am reminded of this by seeing
the never-ending stream of "Unknown IPX Data" packets.
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