Mount considered Experimental


#1

Hello all,

I was hoping to get more information on why rclone mount is considered experimental? Will it ever be considered stable?

Thank you!


#2

Because I have a very high bar for data integrity! There are ways writing to a mount can lose your data.

Mount is 100% rock solid for reading.

It is the writing that is more problematic.

If you use mount without --vfs-cache-mode writes then there is some chance when you write files they will fail because of a networking glitch. The --vfs-cache-mode is more experimental, but has been tested pretty well and makes mounts a log more reliable.

So if you want the best data integrity, then upload your data with rclone sync/copy/move and read it with rclone mount.

I should probably mark it stable now really, but make those caveats more visible in the docs.