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Seems like the latter. I'd guess peterwwillis has had some bad experiences with NFS. I've had some bad experience with some of the same so-called alternatives. Every time I see someone put a text blob into a database that needs to be in a file at point of use, I want to slap them. Ditto for everyone who tries to implement a hierarchical namespace on top of a flat blob store. Ditto for everyone who distributes a thousand copies of a rarely-changing file via scp or chef, then complains about update speed or inconsistency. NFS is not generally a good idea in high-volume high-node-count traffic paths, but it can be a less-bad solution in many other situations including many that are still part of production.

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