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NFS Illustrated by Brent Callaghan

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Chapter 3. ONC RPC

The NFS protocol is independent of the type of operating system, network architecture, and transport protocols. This means that the NFS protocol is the same whether it is used between an IBM mainframe and an Apple iMac, whether it is using a TCP connection or UDP datagrams, whether it is running over an ethernet or a token ring network. This independence is due in part to the NFS protocol being an ONC RPC protocol. ONC is an acronym for Open Network Computing, the name Sun Microsystems gives to the RPC protocol described here. It is also known as “SunRPC.” ONC RPC is now an Internet “standards track” protocol described in [RFC 1831] and [RFC 1832].

This chapter is not intended to be a complete description of ONC RPC. Enough ...

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