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The Portal Filesystem (PortalFS) is a virtual (or pseudo) filesystem used by BSD operating systems. This allows server processes and services to be accessible to a BSD client or server. Then, the user on one computer can access mounted services that are on another system. In other words, a process is mounted onto the directory tree. For instance, assume a user has a BSD client and needs to access the FTP service that are offered by DCJTech.info (this is just an example; DCJTech does not have FTP services). The client can access these services like local files via /p/tcp/dcjtech.info/ftp/. Local Unix tools (such as awk, cat, etc.) can be used on the server from the client and such operations appear local. PortalFS may not be in newer BSD releases.
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