Describes the virtual file systems (VFS) installed on the system.
The /etc/vfs file describes the virtual file systems installed on the system. The name, type number, and file-system helper program are among the types of information listed in the file. Commands, such as the mount command, the fsck command (file system check), and the mkfs command (make file system), use this information.
The vfs file is an ASCII file, with one record per line. The following are examples of the three types of lines in the vfs file:
# This is a comment. # Comments begin with a # (pound sign). # Blank lines are ignored. # The following example only locally defines the default vfs file.
%defaultvfs jfs nfs
The fields for the %defaultvfs control line are:
|%defaultvfs||Identifies the control line.|
|jfs||Indicates the default local virtual file system.|
|nfs||Indicates the remote virtual file system (optional).|
#Name Type Mount Helper Fs. helper jfs 3 none /sbin/helpers/v3fshelper nfs 2 /etc/nfsmnthelp none cdrfs 5 none none
The comments are in text for explanatory purposes. The general control lines, which are designated by a % (percent) character, configure the actions of the following commands:
For example, a line like %defaultvfs indicates the default local virtual file system is used if no VFS is specified by the mount command or in the /etc/filesystems file. The entry is the name of the VFS as indicated in the file. If a second entry is listed on the same line, it is taken to be the default remote VFS. The %defaultvfs control line may leave off the remote VFS specification.
The VFS entries take the
|name||Canonical name of this type of virtual file system.|
|type||Decimal representation of the virtual file system type number for the VFS.|
|mnt_helper||Path name of the mount helper program of this VFS. If a mount helper is not required, the entry should be displayed as none. If this path name does not begin with a slash, it is relative to the /sbin/helpers directory.|
|fs_helper||Path name of the file system helper program of this VFS. If a file system helper is not required, the entry should be none. If this path name does not begin with a slash, it is relative to the /sbin/helpers directory.|
This file is part of the Base Operating System (BOS) Runtime.
|/etc/filesystems||Lists the known file systems and defines their characteristics.|
The chvfs command, crvfs command, df command, ff command, fsck command, fsdb command, lsvfs command, mkfs command, mount command, rmvfs command, umount command.
The File Systems Overview for System Management in AIX 5L Version 5.1 System Management Concepts: Operating System and Devices explains file system types, management, structure, and maintenance.