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Archive-name: afs-faq
Version: 1.113
Last-modified: 1950 Thursday 9th July 1998

AFS frequently asked questions
______________________________________________________________________________

This posting contains answers to frequently asked questions about AFS.
Your comments and contributions are welcome (email: mpb@acm.org)

Most newsreaders can skip from topic to topic with control-G.
U URLs: file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/doc/faq/afs-faq.html
N ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/doc/faq/afs-faq.html (Who's computer is this?)
N http://www.angelfire.com/hi/plutonic/afs-faq.html (Who's computer is this?)
______________________________________________________________________________
Subject: Table of Contents:

0 Preamble
0.01 Purpose and Audience
0.02 Acknowledgements
0.03 Disclaimer
0.04 Release Notes
0.05 Quote

1 General
1.01 What is AFS?
1.02 Who supplies AFS?
1.03 What is /afs?
1.04 What is an AFS cell?
1.05 What are the benefits of using AFS?
1.05.a Cache Manager
1.05.b Location independence
1.05.c Scalability
1.05.d Improved security
1.05.e Single systems image (SSI)
1.05.f Replicated AFS volumes
1.05.g Improved robustness to server crash
1.05.h "Easy to use" networking
1.05.i Communications protocol
1.05.j Improved system management capability
U 1.06 Which systems is AFS available for?
U 1.07 What does "ls /afs" display in the Internet AFS filetree?
1.08 Why does AFS use Kerberos authentication?
1.09 Does AFS work over protocols other than TCP/IP?
1.10 How can I access AFS from my PC?
1.11 How does AFS compare with NFS?

2 Using AFS
2.01 What are the differences between AFS and a unix filesystem?
2.02 What is an AFS protection group?
2.03 What are the AFS defined protection groups?
2.04 What is an AFS access control list (ACL)?
2.05 What are the AFS access rights?
2.06 What is pagsh?
2.07 Why use a PAG?
2.08 How can I tell if I have a PAG?
2.09 Can I still run cron jobs with AFS?
2.10 How much disk space does a 1 byte file occupy in AFS?
2.11 Is it possible to specify a user who is external
to the current AFS cell on an ACL?
2.12 Are there any problems printing files in /afs?
2.13 Can I create a fifo (aka named pipe) in /afs?
2.14 If an AFS server crashes, do I have to reboot my AFS client?
2.15 Can I use AFS on my diskless workstation?
2.16 Can I test for AFS tokens from within my program?
2.17 What's the difference between /afs/cellname and /afs/.cellname?
2.18 Can I klog as two users on one machine in the same cell?
2.19 What are the ~/.__afsXXXX files?

3 AFS administration
3.01 Is there a version of xdm available with AFS authentication?
3.02 Is there a version of xlock available with AFS authentication?
3.03 What is /afs/@cell?
3.04 Given that AFS data is location independent, how does
an AFS client determine which server houses the data
its user is attempting to access?
3.05 Which protocols does AFS use?
3.06 Are setuid programs executable across AFS cell boundaries?
3.07 How does AFS maintain consistency on read-write files?
3.08 How can I run daemons with tokens that do not expire?
3.09 Can I check my user's passwords for security purposes?
3.10 Is there a way to automatically balance disk usage across
fileservers?
3.11 Can I shutdown an AFS fileserver without affecting users?
3.12 How can I set up mail delivery to users with $HOMEs in AFS?
3.13 Should I replicate a ReadOnly volume on the same partition
and server as the ReadWrite volume?
3.14 Should I start AFS before NFS in /etc/inittab?
3.15 Will AFS run on a multi-homed fileserver?
3.16 Can I replicate my user's home directory AFS volumes?
3.17 Which TCP/IP ports and protocols do I need to enable
in order to operate AFS through my Internet firewall?
3.18 What is the Andrew Benchmark?
U 3.19 Is there a version of HP VUE login with AFS authentication?
3.20 How can I list which clients have cached files from a server?
3.21 Do Backup volumes require as much space as ReadWrite volumes?
3.22 Should I run timed on my AFS client?
3.23 Why should I keep /usr/vice/etc/CellServDB current?
3.24 How can I keep /usr/vice/etc/CellServDB current?
3.25 How can I compute a list of AFS fileservers?
3.26 How can I set up anonymous FTP login to access /afs?
3.27 Where can I find the Andrew Benchmark?

4 Getting more information
4.01 Is there an anonymous FTP site with AFS information?
4.02 Which USENET newsgroups discuss AFS?
4.03 Where can I get training in AFS?
U 4.04 Where can I find AFS resources in World Wide Web (WWW)?
4.05 Is there a mailing list for AFS topics?
U 4.06 Where can I find an archive of info-afs@transarc.com?
4.07 Where can I find an archive of alt.filesystems.afs?
U 4.08 Where can I find AFS related GIFs?
4.09 Gibt es eine deutsche AFS Benutzer Gruppe?
4.10 Donde puedo encontrar informacion en Espanol sobre AFS?

5 About the AFS faq
U 5.01 How can I get a copy of the AFS faq?
5.02 How can I get my question (and answer) into the AFS faq?
U 5.03 How can I access the AFS faq via the World Wide Web?

6 Bibliography

7 Change History
______________________________________________________________________________

Subject: 0 Preamble

Subject: 0.01 Purpose and audience

The aim of this compilation is to provide information about AFS including:

+ A brief introduction
+ Answers to some often asked questions
+ Pointers to further information

Definitive and detailed information on AFS is provided in Transarc's
AFS manuals ([23], [24], [25]).

The intended audience ranges from people who know little of the subject
and want to know more to those who have experience with AFS and wish
to share useful information by contributing to the faq.

Subject: 0.02 Acknowledgements

The information presented here has been gleaned from many sources.
Some material has been directly contributed by people listed below.

I would like to thank the following for contributing:

Pierette Maniago VanRyzin (Transarc)
Lyle Seaman (Transarc)
Joseph Jackson (Transarc)
Dan Lovinger (Microsoft)
Lucien Van Elsen (IBM)
Jim Rees (University of Michigan)
Derrick J. Brashear (Carnegie Mellon University)
Hans-Werner Paulsen (MPI fuer Astrophysik, Garching)
Margo Hikida (Hewlett Packard)
Michael Fagan (IBM)
Robert Malick (National Institute of Health, USA)
Rainer Toebbicke (European Laboratory for Particle Physics, CERN)
Mic Bowman (Transarc)
Mike Prince (IBM)
Bob Oesterlin (IBM)
Pat Wilson (Dartmouth College)
Cristian Espinoza (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile)
Mary Ann DelBusso (Transarc)
Michael Niksch (IBM)
N Kelly Chambers (Transarc)

Thanks also to indirect contributors:

Ken Paquette (IBM)
Lance Pickup (IBM)
Lisa Chavez (IBM)
Dawn E. Johnson (Transarc)
David Snearline (University of Michigan Engineering)
Rens Troost (New Century Systems)
Anton Knaus (Carnegie Mellon University)
Mike Shaddock (SAS Institute Inc.)

If this compilation has any merit then much credit belongs to Pierette
for giving inspiration, support, answers, and proof-reading.

Subject: 0.03 Disclaimer

I make no representation about the suitability of this
information for any purpose.

While every effort is made to keep the information in
this document accurate and current, it is provided "as is"
with no warranty expressed or implied.

Subject: 0.04 Release Notes

This compilation contains material used with permission of
Transarc Corporation. Permission to copy is given provided any
copyright notices and acknowledgements are retained.

Column 1 is used to indicate changes from the last issue:

N = new item
U = updated item

Changes from the last version are to be found at the end of this file.
______________________________________________________________________________
Subject: 0.05 Quote

"'Tis true; there's magic in the web of it;" Othello, Act 3 Scene 4
--William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
______________________________________________________________________________
Subject: 1 General

Subject: 1.01 What is AFS?

AFS is a distributed filesystem that enables co-operating hosts
(clients and servers) to efficiently share filesystem resources
across both local area and wide area networks.

AFS is marketed, maintained, and extended by Transarc Corporation.

AFS is based on a distributed file system originally developed
at the Information Technology Center at Carnegie-Mellon University
that was called the "Andrew File System".

"Andrew" was the name of the research project at CMU - honouring the
founders of the University. Once Transarc was formed and AFS became a
product, the "Andrew" was dropped to indicate that AFS had gone beyond
the Andrew research project and had become a supported, product quality
filesystem. However, there were a number of existing cells that rooted
their filesystem as /afs. At the time, changing the root of the filesystem
was a non-trivial undertaking. So, to save the early AFS sites from having
to rename their filesystem, AFS remained as the name and filesystem root.

Subject: 1.02 Who supplies AFS?

Transarc Corporation phone: +1 (412) 338-4400
The Gulf Tower
707 Grant Street fax: +1 (412) 338-4404
Pittsburgh
PA 15219 email: information@transarc.com
United States of America afs-sales@transarc.com

WWW: http://www.transarc.com (Who's computer is this?)

Subject: 1.03 What is /afs?

The root of the AFS filetree is /afs. If you execute "ls /afs" you will
see directories that correspond to AFS cells (see below). These cells
may be local (on same LAN) or remote (eg halfway around the world).

With AFS you can access all the filesystem space under /afs with commands
you already use (eg: cd, cp, rm, and so on) provided you have been granted
permission (see AFS ACL below).

Subject: 1.04 What is an AFS cell?

An AFS cell is a collection of servers grouped together administratively
and presenting a single, cohesive filesystem. Typically, an AFS cell is
a set of hosts that use the same Internet domain name.

Normally, a variation of the domain name is used as the AFS cell name.

Users log into AFS client workstations which request information and files
from the cell's servers on behalf of the users.

Subject: 1.05 What are the benefits of using AFS?

The main strengths of AFS are its:

+ caching facility
+ security features
+ simplicity of addressing
+ scalability
+ communications protocol

Here are some of the advantages of using AFS in more detail:

Subject: 1.05.a Cache Manager

AFS client machines run a Cache Manager process. The Cache Manager
maintains information about the identities of the users logged into
the machine, finds and requests data on their behalf, and keeps chunks
of retrieved files on local disk.

The effect of this is that as soon as a remote file is accessed
a chunk of that file gets copied to local disk and so subsequent
accesses (warm reads) are almost as fast as to local disk and
considerably faster than a cold read (across the network).

Local caching also significantly reduces the amount of network traffic,
improving performance when a cold read is necessary.

Subject: 1.05.b Location independence

Unlike NFS, which makes use of /etc/filesystems (on a client) to map
(mount) between a local directory name and a remote filesystem, AFS
does its mapping (filename to location) at the server. This has the
tremendous advantage of making the served filespace location independent.

Location independence means that a user does not need to know which
fileserver holds the file, the user only needs to know the pathname
of a file. Of course, the user does need to know the name of the
AFS cell to which the file belongs. Use of the AFS cellname as the
second part of the pathname (eg: /afs/$AFSCELL/somefile) is helpful
to distinguish between file namespaces of the local and non-local
AFS cells.

To understand why such location independence is useful, consider
having 20 clients and two servers. Let's say you had to move
a filesystem "/home" from server a to server b.

Using NFS, you would have to change the /etc/filesystems file on 20
clients and take "/home" off-line while you moved it between servers.

With AFS, you simply move the AFS volume(s) which constitute "/home"
between the servers. You do this "on-line" while users are actively
using files in "/home" with no disruption to their work.

(Actually, the AFS equivalent of "/home" would be /afs/$AFSCELL/home
where $AFSCELL is the AFS cellname.)

Subject: 1.05.c Scalability

With location independence comes scalability. An architectural goal
of the AFS designers was client/server ratios of 200:1 which has
been successfully exceeded at some sites.

Transarc do not recommend customers use the 200:1 ratio. A more
cautious value of 50:1 is expected to be practical in most cases.
It is certainly possible to work with a ratio somewhere between
these two values. Exactly what value depends on many factors including:
number of AFS files, size of AFS files, rate at which changes are made,
rate at which file are being accessed, speed of servers processor,
I/O rates, and network bandwidth.

AFS cells can range from the small (1 server/client) to the massive
(with tens of servers and thousands of clients).

Cells can be dynamic: it is simple to add new fileservers or clients
and grow the computing resources to meet new user requirements.

Subject: 1.05.d Improved security

Firstly, AFS makes use of Kerberos to authenticate users.
This improves security for several reasons:

+ passwords do not pass across the network in plaintext

+ encrypted passwords no longer need to be visible

You don't have to use NIS, aka yellow pages, to distribute
/etc/passwd - thus "ypcat passwd" can be eliminated.

If you do choose to use NIS, you can replace the password
field with "X" so the encrypted password is not visible.
(These issues are discussed in detail in [25]).

+ AFS uses mutual authentication - both the service provider
and service requester prove their identities

Secondly, AFS uses access control lists (ACLs) to enable users to
restrict access to their own directories.

Subject: 1.05.e Single systems image (SSI)

Establishing the same view of filestore from each client and server
in a network of systems (that comprise an AFS cell) is an order of
magnitude simpler with AFS than it is with, say, NFS.

This is useful to do because it enables users to move from workstation
to workstation and still have the same view of filestore. It also
simplifies part of the systems management workload.

In addition, because AFS works well over wide area networks the SSI
is also accessible remotely.

As an example, consider a company with two widespread divisions
(and two AFS cells): ny.acme.com and sf.acme.com. Mr Fudd, based
in the New York office, is visiting the San Francisco office.

Mr. Fudd can then use any AFS client workstation in the San Francisco
office that he can log into (a unprivileged guest account would suffice).
He could authenticate himself to the ny.acme.com cell and securely access
his New York filespace.

For example:

The following shows a guest in the sf.acme.com AFS cell:
{0} add AFS executables directory to PATH
{1} obtaining a PAG with pagsh command (see 2.06)
{2} use the klog command to authenticate into the ny.acme.com AFS cell
{3} making a HOME away from home
{4} invoking a homely .profile

guest@toontown.sf.acme.com $ PATH=/usr/afsws/bin:$PATH # {0}
guest@toontown.sf.acme.com $ pagsh # {1}
$ klog -cell ny.acme.com -principal elmer # {2}
Password:
$ HOME=/afs/ny.acme.com/user/elmer; export HOME # {3}
$ cd
$ . .profile # {4}
you have new mail
guest@toontown $

It is not necessary for the San Francisco sys admin to give Mr. Fudd
an AFS account in the sf.acme.com cell. Mr. Fudd only needs to be
able to log into an AFS client that is:
1) on the same network as his cell and
2) his ny.acme.com cell is mounted in the sf.acme.com cell
(as would certainly be the case in a company with two cells).

Subject: 1.05.f Replicated AFS volumes

AFS files are stored in structures called Volumes. These volumes
reside on the disks of the AFS file server machines. Volumes containing
frequently accessed data can be read-only replicated on several servers.

Cache managers (on users client workstations) will make use of replicate
volumes to load balance. If accessing data from one replicate copy, and
that copy becomes unavailable due to server or network problems, AFS will
automatically start accessing the same data from a different replicate copy.

An AFS client workstation will access the closest volume copy.
By placing replicate volumes on servers closer to clients (eg on same
physical LAN) access to those resources is improved and network traffic
reduced.

Subject: 1.05.g Improved robustness to server crash

The Cache Manager maintains local copies of remotely accessed files.

This is accomplished in the cache by breaking files into chunks
of up to 64k (default chunk size). So, for a large file, there may be
several chunks in the cache but a small file will occupy a single chunk
(which will be only as big as is needed).

A "working set" of files that have been accessed on the client is
established locally in the client's cache (copied from fileserver(s)).

If a fileserver crashes, the client's locally cached file copies
remain readable but updates to cached files fail while the server is down.

Also, if the AFS configuration has included replicated read-only volumes
then alternate fileservers can satisfy requests for files from those
volumes.

Subject: 1.05.h "Easy to use" networking

Accessing remote file resources via the network becomes much simpler
when using AFS. Users have much less to worry about: want to move
a file from a remote site? Just copy it to a different part of /afs.

Once you have wide-area AFS in place, you don't have to keep local
copies of files. Let AFS fetch and cache those files when you need them.

Subject: 1.05.i Communications protocol

AFS communications protocol is optimized for Wide Area Networks.
Retransmitting only the single bad packet in a batch of packets
and allowing the number of unacknowledged packets to be higher
(than in other protocols, see [4]).

Subject: 1.05.j Improved system management capability

Systems administrators are able to make configuration changes
from any client in the AFS cell (it is not necessary to login
to a fileserver).

With AFS it is simple to effect changes without having to take
systems off-line.

Example:

A department (with its own AFS cell) was relocated to another office.
The cell had several fileservers and many clients.
How could they move their systems without causing disruption?

First, the network infrastructure was established to the new location.
The AFS volumes on one fileserver were migrated to the other fileservers.
The "freed up" fileserver was moved to the new office and connected
to the network.

A second fileserver was "freed up" by moving its AFS volumes across
the network to the first fileserver at the new office. The second
fileserver was then moved.

This process was repeated until all the fileservers were moved.

All this happened with users on client workstations continuing
to use the cell's filespace. Unless a user saw a fileserver
being physically moved (s)he would have no way to tell the change
had taken place.

Finally, the AFS clients were moved - this was noticed!

Subject: 1.06 Which systems is AFS available for?

AFS runs on systems from: HP, Next, DEC, IBM, SUN, and SGI.

Transarc customers have done ports to Crays, and the 3090, but all
are based on some flavour of unix. Some customers have done work to
make AFS data available to PCs and Macs, although they are using
something similar to the AFS/NFS translator (a system that enables
"NFS only" clients to NFS mount the AFS filetree /afs).

There is a client only implementation "AFS Client for Windows/NT".

N A page describing the current systems for which AFS is supported
N may be found at:
N
N http://www.transarc.com/Support/afs/relversions/platforms.html (Who's computer is this?)
N
There are also ports of AFS done by customers available from Transarc
on an "as is" unsupported basis.

More information on this can be found at:

/afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/bin/README
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/bin/README (Who's computer is this?)

These ports of AFS client code include:

HP (Apollo) Domain OS - by Jim Rees at the University of Michigan.
sun386i - by Derek Atkins and Chris Provenzano at MIT.
Linux - by Derek Atkins, mailing list: <linux-afs-request@mit.edu>
http://www.mit.edu:8008/menelaus/linux-afs/ (Who's computer is this?)
NetBSD - by John Kohl, mailing list: <netbsd-afs@mit.edu>

There is some information about AFS on OS/2 at:
http://www.club.cc.cmu.edu/~jgrande/afsos2.html (Who's computer is this?)

N The AFS on Linux FAQ may be found at:
N http://www.umlug.umd.edu/linuxafs/ (Who's computer is this?)

Subject: 1.07 What does "ls /afs" display in the Internet AFS filetree?

Essentially this displays the AFS cells that co-operate in the
Internet AFS filetree.

Note that the output of this will depend on the cell you do it from;
a given cell may not have all the publicly advertised cells available,
and it may have some cells that aren't advertised outside of the given site.

The definitive source for this information is:

file:///afs/transarc.com/service/etc/CellServDB.export

I've included the list of cell names included in it below:

asu.edu #ASU
uni-freiburg.de #Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg
anl.gov #Argonne National Laboratory
fl.mcs.anl.gov # Argonne National Laboratory MCS Division FL
dapnia.saclay.cea.fr #Axlan-CEA
bcc.ac.uk #Bloomsbury Computing Consortium
bu.edu #Boston University
cs.brown.edu #Brown University Department of Computer Science
caspur.it #CASPUR Inter-University Computing Consortium,Rome
ciesin.org #CIESIN
mathematik-cip.uni-stuttgart.de #CIP-Pool of Math. Dept, Univ. Stuttgart
gg.caltech.edu #Caltech Computer Graphics Group
cards.com #Cards - Electronic Warfare Associates
cheme.cmu.edu #Carnegie Mellon Univ. Chemical Engineering Dept.
cmu.edu #Carnegie Mellon University
andrew.cmu.edu #Carnegie Mellon University - Campus
ce.cmu.edu #Carnegie Mellon University - Civil Eng. Dept.
ece.cmu.edu #Carnegie Mellon University - Elec. Comp. Eng. Dept.
me.cmu.edu #Carnegie Mellon University - Mechanical Engineering
cs.cmu.edu #Carnegie Mellon University - School of Comp. Sci.
club.cc.cmu.edu #Carnegie Mellon University Computer Club
cert.org #CERT/Coordination Center
others.chalmers.se #Chalmers University of Technology - General users
cipool.uni-stuttgart.de #CIP Pool, Rechenzentrum University of Stuttgart
clarkson.edu #Clarkson University, Potsdam, USA
msc.cornell.edu #Cornell University Materials Science Center
graphics.cornell.edu #Cornell University Program of Computer Graphics
theory.cornell.edu #Cornell University Theory Center
ifh.de #DESY-IfH Zeuthen
northstar.dartmouth.edu #Dartmouth College, Project Northstar
desy.de #Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron
dkrz.de #Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum Hamburg
dis.uniroma1.it #DIS, Univ. "La Sapienza", Rome, area Buonarotti
msrc.pnl.gov #EMSL's AFS Cell
zdvpool.uni-tuebingen.de#Eberhard-Karls-Universitaet Tuebingen, WS-Pools
enea.it #enea.it
es.net #Energy Sciences Net
research.ec.org #Esprit Research Network of Excellence
dce.emsl.pnl.gov #EMSL's DCE Cell
cern.ch #European Laboratory for Particle Physics, Geneva
fnal.gov #Fermi National Acclerator Laboratory
fh-heilbronn.de #Fachhochschule Heilbronn
hephy.at #hephy-vienna
sleeper.nsa.hp.com #HP Cupertino
palo_alto.hpl.hp.com #HP Palo Alto
afs.hursley.ibm.com #IBM Hursley Laboratories (UK), external cell
ibm.uk #IBM UK, AIX Systems Support Centre
zurich.ibm.ch #IBM Zurich Internet Cell
ctp.se.ibm.com #IBM/4C, Chalmers, Sweden
ipp-hgw.mpg.de #IPP site at Greifswald
in2p3.fr #IN2P3 production cell
lngs.infn.it #INFN Laboratori Nazionali di Gran Sasso, Italia
le.infn.it #INFN Sezione di Lecce, Italia
pi.infn.it #INFN Sezione di Pisa
ike.uni-stuttgart.de #Institut fuer Kernenergetik, Universitaet Stuttgart
ipp-garching.mpg.de #Institut fuer Plasmaphysik
csv.ica.uni-stuttgart.de #Institut fuer Computeranwendungen, Uni. Stuttgart
iastate.edu #Iowa State University
infn.it #Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italia
jpl.nasa.gov #Jet Propulsion Laboratory
zdv.uni-mainz.de #Johannes-Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz
isk.kth.se #KTH College of Engineering
cc.keio.ac.jp #Keio University, Fac. of Sci. & Tech. Computing Ctr
sfc.keio.ac.jp #Keio University, Japan
afs-math.zib-berlin.de #Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum fuer Informationstechnik Berlin
thermo-a.mw.tu-muenchen.de #Lehrstuhl A fuer Thermodynamik,TUM
lrz-muenchen.de #Leibniz-Rechenzentrum Muenchen Germany
athena.mit.edu #MIT/Athena cell
net.mit.edu #MIT/Network Group cell
sipb.mit.edu #MIT/SIPB cell
msu.edu #Michigan State University home cell
mpa-garching.mpg.de #Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astrophysik
federation.atd.net #Multi Resident AFS at Naval Research Lab - CCS
isl.ntt.jp #NTT Information and Communication
nersc.gov #National Energy Research Supercomputer Center
alw.nih.gov #National Institutes of Health
nrel.gov #National Renewable Energy Laboratory
cmf.nrl.navy.mil #Naval Research Lab
lcp.nrl.navy.mil #Naval Research Lab - Lab for Computational Physics
nrlfs1.nrl.navy.mil #Naval Research Laboratory
eos.ncsu.edu #NCSU - College of Engineering
unity.ncsu.edu #NCSU Campus
ncat.edu #North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State U.
bp.ncsu.edu #North Carolina State University - Backbone Prototype
ri.osf.org #OSF Research Institute
gr.osf.org #OSF Research Institute, Grenoble
urz.uni-magdeburg.de #Otto-von-Guericke-Universitaet, Magdeburg
N ovpit.indiana.edu #OVPIT at Indiana University
psc.edu #PSC (Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center)
psu.edu #Penn State
phy.bnl.gov #Physics Deptpartment, Brookhaven National Lab
postech.ac.kr #Pohang University of Science
pppl.gov #Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
rwcp.or.jp #Real World Computer Partnership(rwcp)
rz.uni-jena.de #Rechenzentrum University of Jena, Germany
rhrk.uni-kl.de #Rechenzentrum University of Kaiserslautern
rus.uni-stuttgart.de #Rechenzentrum University of Stuttgart
rhic #Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider
rpi.edu #Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
uni-bonn.de #Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelm Univesitaet Bonn
rose-hulman.edu #Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
cs.rose-hulman.edu # Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech., CS Department
nada.kth.se #Royal Institute of Technology, NADA
rl.ac.uk #Rutherford Appleton Lab, England
slac.stanford.edu #Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
dsg.stanford.edu #Stanford Univ. - Comp. Sci. - Distributed Systems
ir.stanford.edu #Stanford University
afs1.scri.fsu.edu #Supercomputer Computations Research Instit
ethz.ch #Swiss Federal Inst. of Tech. - Zurich, Switzerland
hrzone.th-darmstadt.de #TH-Darmstadt
tu-bs.de #Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
tu-chemnitz.de #Technische Universitaet Chemnitz-Zwickau, Germany
telos.com #Telos Systems Group - Chantilly, Va.
transarc.com #Transarc Corporation
cats.ucsc.edu #UC Santa Cruz, Comp and Tech Services, California
umr.edu #UMR - Missouri's Technological University
hep.net #US High Energy Physics Information cell
uni-mannheim.de #Uni Mannheim (Rechenzentrum)
ece.ucdavis.edu #Univ California - Davis campus
geo.uni-koeln.de #Univ. of Cologne Inst. for Geophysics & Meteorology
meteo.uni-koeln.de #Univ. of Cologne Inst. for Geophysics & Meteorology
N dsi.uniroma1.it #Univ. Rome-1, Dept. of Computer Science
U spv.uniroma1.it #Univ. Rome-1, Area San Pietro in Vincoli
N vn.uniroma3.it #Univ. Rome-3, Area Vasca Navale
urz.uni-heidelberg.de #Universitaet Heidelberg
spc.uchicago.edu #University of Chicago - Social Sciences
rrz.uni-koeln.de #University of Cologne - Reg Comp Center
wu-wien.ac.at #University of Economics, Vienna, Austria
uni-hohenheim.de #University of Hohenheim
ncsa.uiuc.edu #University of Illinois
wam.umd.edu #University of Maryland Network WAM Project
glue.umd.edu #University of Maryland - Project Glue
engin.umich.edu #University of Michigan - CAEN
umich.edu #University of Michigan - Campus
dmsv.med.umich.edu #University of Michigan - DMSV
citi.umich.edu #University of Michigan - IFS Development
lsa.umich.edu #University of Michigan - LSA College
math.lsa.umich.edu #University of Michigan - Math Cell
sph.umich.edu #University of Michigan -- School of Public
cs.unc.edu #University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
nd.edu #University of Notre Dame
pitt.edu #University of Pittsburgh
vn.uniroma3.it #University of Rome 3, Area Vasca Navale, Italy
isi.edu #University of Southern California/ISI
dce.uni-stuttgart.de #University of Stuttgart - DCE/DFS Cell
ihf.uni-stuttgart.de #University of Stuttgart, Ins. fuer Hochfrequenz-Tec
mathematik.uni-stuttgart.de #University of Stuttgart, Math Dept.
cs.utah.edu #University of Utah Computer Science Dept
utah.edu #University of Utah Information Tech. Service
cs.washington.edu #University of Washington Comp Sci Department
wisc.edu #University of Wisconsin-Madison, Campus
cs.wisc.edu #University of Wisconsin-Madison, Comp Sci Dept
belwue.uni-tuebingen.de #ZDV Universitaet Tuebingen

This shows different and widespread organizations making use
of the Internet AFS filetree.

Note that it is also possible to use AFS "behind the firewall"
within the confines of your organization's network - you don't have
to participate in the Internet AFS filetree.

Indeed, there are lots of benefits of using AFS on a local area network
without using the WAN capabilities.

Subject: 1.08 Why does AFS use Kerberos authentication?

It improves security.

Kerberos uses the idea of a trusted third party to prove identification.
This is a bit like using a letter of introduction or quoting a referee
who will vouch for you.

When a user authenticates using the klog command (s)he is prompted
for a password. If the password is accepted the Kerberos
Authentication Server (KAS) provides the user with an encrypted token
(containing a "ticket granting ticket").

From that point on, it is the encrypted token that is used to prove
the user's identity. These tokens have a limited lifetime (typically
a day) and are useless when expired.

In AFS, it is possible to authenticate into multiple AFS cells.
A summary of the current set of tokens held can be displayed
by using the "tokens" command.

For example:
elmer@toontown $ tokens

Tokens held by the Cache Manager:

User's (AFS ID 9997) tokens for afs@ny.acme.com [Expires Sep 15 06:50]
User's (AFS ID 5391) tokens for afs@sf.acme.com [Expires Sep 15 06:48]
--End of list--

Kerberos improves security because a users's password need only be
entered once (at klog time).

AFS uses Kerberos to do complex mutual authentication which means that
both the service requester and the service provider have to prove their
identities before a service is granted.

Transarc's implementation of Kerberos is slightly different from
MIT Kerberos V4 but AFS can work with either version.

Joe Jackson wrote about this in:
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/andrew.cmu.edu/usr/shadow/www/afs/afs-with-kerberos.html (Who's computer is this?)

For more detail on this and other Kerberos issues see the faq
for Kerberos (posted to news.answers and comp.protocols.kerberos) [28].
(Also, see [15], [16], [26], [27])

Subject: 1.09 Does AFS work over protocols other than TCP/IP?

No. AFS was designed to work over TCP/IP.

Subject: 1.10 How can I access AFS from my PC?

You can use PC-Interface which is available from Transarc and
Locus Computing Corporations.

For more information on PC-Interface see the PC-Interface
Frequently Asked Questions file in:

file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/doc/faq/pci.faq
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/doc/faq/pci.faq (Who's computer is this?)

There is also SAMBA (an SMB/netbios server for UNIX). The current
version will authenticate the connecting process with AFS as well.

U http://samba.anu.edu.au/samba/ (Who's computer is this?)

The SAMBA FAQ is in:

U http://samba.anu.edu.au/samba/docs/faq/sambafaq-1.html#ss1.1 (Who's computer is this?)

The SAMBA mailing list can be joined via: samba-request@anu.edu.au

Subject: 1.11 How does AFS compare with NFS?

AFS NFS
File Access Common name space from Different file names from
all workstations different workstations

File Location Automatic tracking by Mountpoints to files set by
Tracking file system processes administrators and users
and databases

Performance Client caching to reduce No local disk caching;
network load; callbacks limited cache consistency
to maintain cache consis-
tency

Andrew Benchmark Average time of 210 Average time of 280
(5 phases, 8 clients) seconds/client seconds/client

Scaling capabilities Maintains performance in Best in small to mid-size
small and very large installations
installations

Excellent performance on Best in local-area
wide-area configuration configurations

Security Kerberos mutual authen- Security based on
tication unencrypted user ID's

Access control lists on No access control lists
directories for user and
group access

Availability Replicates read-mostly No replication
data and AFS system
information

Backup Operation No system downtime with Standard UNIX backup system
specially developed AFS
Backup System

Reconfiguration By volumes (groups of Per-file movement
files)

No user impact; files Users lose access to files
remain accessible during and filenames change
moves, and file names do (mountpoints need to be
not change reset)

System Management Most tasks performed from Frequently involves telnet
any workstation to other workstations

Autonomous Autonomous administrative File servers and clients
Architecture units called cells, in
addition to file servers
and clients

No trust required between No security distinctions
cells between sites

[ source: ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsps/doc/afs-nfs.comparison (Who's computer is this?) ]

Other points:

+ Some vendors offer more secure versions of NFS but implementations vary.
Many NFS ports have no extra security features (such as Kerberos).

+ The AFS Cache Manager can be configured to work with a RAM (memory)
based cache. This offers signifigant performance benefits over
a disk based cache.

NFS has no such feature.
Imagine how much faster it is to access files cached into RAM!

+ The Andrew benchmark demonstrates that AFS has better performance
than NFS as the number of clients increases. A graph of this
(taken from Andrew benchmark report) is available in:

U http://www.angelfire.com/hi/plutonic/images/andrew1.jpg (Who's computer is this?)

Subject: 2 Using AFS

Subject: 2.01 What are the differences between AFS and a unix filesystem?

Essentially, from a user's point of view, there is little difference
between AFS and local unix filestore. Nearly all the commands normally
used to access local files can be used to access files in /afs.

In the following set of sections, I have attempted to "target"
each section to an appropriate type of user by including to the
right of each section heading one of: User, Programmer, SysAdmin.

Here is a summary of the differences:

Authentication: [ User ]

Before a user can access protected AFS files (s)he needs to become
authenticated to AFS using the klog command (Kerberos login) to get
a Kerberos "ticket granting ticket" (called a token from here on).

Without a token, an unauthenticated user is given the AFS identity
"system:anyuser" and as such is only able to access files in directories
that have ACLs granting system:anyuser access.

Many systems have the klog function built into the system login program.
So a user would not even have to know they gain a token on logging in.
If you use a system where you have to issue the klog command after
login then you should run the pagsh command first (see below).

AFS provides access control lists to give more precise control
to users wishing to protect their files (see AFS ACL below).

File permissions: [ User ]

Unix mode bits for group and other are ignored.
The mode bits for the file owner don't work the way they used to.

Users should protect their AFS files with (directory) ACLs only.
Just use mode bits to make a file executable.

Data protection with AFS ACLs: [ User ]

Some versions of unix (eg IBM's AIX version 3) allow ACLs on
local files. In AFS, ACLs protect directories and used with
AFS protection groups (see below) provide a finer granularity
of protection than can be achieved with basic unix file permissions.
(AFS ACLs are described in more detail below.)

Protection groups: [ User ]

Users can create and maintain their own protection groups in AFS -
as opposed to unix where only sys admins can manage protection groups.

Hard links: [ User ]

In AFS, hard links (eg: ln old new) are only valid within a directory.
This is because AFS ACLs protect directories (not individual files)
and allowing hard links that span directories would subvert ACL
protection.

Symbolic links work in AFS because they reference a pathname and
not an i-node directly. (Hard links reference an i-node directly.)

Changing file protection by moving a file: [ User ]

Moving a file to a different directory will change the protection
of a file if the ACL on the new directory if different to the ACL
on the original directory.

chown and chgrp: [ User ]

Only members of the AFS group "system:administrators" can use these
commands on files in /afs.

Save on close: [ Programmer ]

AFS Cache Manager does not send file modifications to a file server
until the close() or fsync() system call.

write() system calls only update the local cache copy on the client.

Note the difference in semantic of writing a file:

local unix file: writes update the file "immediately"
AFS file: local cached copy updated "immediately" but
the server copy is only updated when the file
is closed or fsync'ed.

It is important to understand that most applications (eg: vi, emacs,
frame, interleaf, wingz, dogz, etc) issue the close() system call when
the user chooses/issues the "save" command in the application.

Users are not required to exit the application to "save" their
changes back to the server.

byte-range file locking: [ Programmer ]

AFS does not support byte-range locking within a file,
although lockf() and fcntl() calls will return 0 (success).
The first time a byte-range lock is attempted, AFS will display:

"afs: byte-range lock/unlock ignored; make sure no one else
else is running this program."

whole file locking: [ Programmer ]

AFS does support advisory locking an entire file with flock().
Processes on the same client workstation that attempt to lock
a file obey the proper locking semantics.

Processes on different AFS clients requesting a lock on the same
file would get EWOULDBLOCK returned.

character and block special files: [ SysAdmin ]

AFS does not support character and block special files.
The mknod command does not create either character or block
special files in /afs.

AFS version of fsck: [ SysAdmin ]

On an AFS server, the partitions containing served files are NOT
unix filesystems and standard fsck *must* not be used - use the AFS
version instead.

Subject: 2.02 What is an AFS protection group?

A named list of users.

Group names are used in AFS ACLs to identify lists of users with
particular access permissions.

In AFS, users can create and maintain their own protection groups.
This is different to unix where only the system administrator can
manage /etc/group.

AFS groups are stored in the protection database on fileserver(s)
and managed by using the "pts" command.

An AFS group typically has the format:

owner-id:group-name

By default, only the owner of a group can change its members.

It is possible to have both users and IP addresses as members
of an AFS group. By using an IP address like this you can specify
all the users from the host with that IP address.

Subject: 2.03 What are the AFS defined protection groups?

system:anyuser

Everyone who has access to an AFS client in any cell that is
on the same network as your cell.

system:authuser

Everyone who has access to an AFS client in any cell that is
on the same network as your cell *and* has valid tokens for
your cell (ie has been authenticated in your cell).

system:administrators

Users who have privileges to execute some but not all
system administrator commands.

Subject: 2.04 What is an AFS access control list (ACL)?

There is an ACL for every directory in AFS. The ACL specifies
protection at the directory level (not file level) by listing
permissions of users and/or groups to a directory. There is a
maximum of 20 entries on an ACL.

For example:

An AFS ACL is displayed by using the "fs" command as shown below:

tweety@toontown $ fs listacl .
Access list for . is
Normal rights:
fac:coords rlidwka
system:anyuser rl

This ACL shows that members of the AFS protection group "fac:coords"
have full access rights to the current directory and "system:anyuser"
has only read and lookup rights.

The members of "fac:coords" can be determined by accessing the
protection group database using the "pts" command as shown below:

tweety@toontown $ pts membership fac:coords
Members of fac:coords (id: -1577) are:
sylvester
roadrunner
yosemite.sam

Subject: 2.05 What are the AFS access rights?

In AFS, there are seven access rights that may be set or not set:

lookup l Permission to examine the ACL and traverse the
directory (needed with most other access rights).
Permission to look up filenames in a directory.
read r View the contents of files in the directory
insert i Add new files or sub-directories
write w Modify file contents, use "chmod"
delete d Remove file(s) in directory
lock k Permission for programs to "flock" files
in the directory
administer a Ability to change the ACL

There are short-hand forms:

read rl read and lookup
write rlidwk all rights except administer
all rlidwka
none removes all rights

Subject: 2.06 What is pagsh?

A command to get a new shell with a process authentication group (PAG).

This is normally used if your system does not use the AFS version of login.
It is used to get a PAG prior to running klog.

The PAG uniquely identifies the user to the Cache Manager.
Without a PAG the Cache Manager uses the unix UID to identify a user.

Subject: 2.07 Why use a PAG?

There are two reasons:

a) Child processes inherit the PAG and the Kerberos token so they are AFS
authenticated.

b) For security: if you don't have a PAG then the Cache Manager identifies
you by unix UID. Another user with root access to the client could
su to you and therefore use your token.

Subject: 2.08 How can I tell if I have a PAG?

You can tell if you have a PAG by typing "groups". A PAG is indicated
by the appearance of two integers in the list of groups.

For example:
sylvester@toontown $ groups
33536 32533 staff catz

Subject: 2.09 Can I still run cron jobs with AFS?

Yes, but remember that in order to fully access files in AFS you have
to be AFS authenticated. If your cron job doesn't klog then it only
gets system:anyuser access.

The klog command has a "-pipe" option which will read a password from
stdin. IF (yes, that's a big if :-) you are prepared to store your
password in a local (non-AFS) file then you might use the following:

a) create a "wrapper" script to get a PAG, get your AFS token
and execute a command:

#!/usr/afsws/bin/pagsh
#
# NAME afs_wrap_cron
# AUTHOR Paul Blackburn <mpb@acm.org>
# PURPOSE Run an AFS authenticated cron job.
# Get a PAG, get the user's token,
# then exec user's command

CMD=`basename ${0}`

usage() {
echo "Usage: ${CMD} [ -principal AFSID ] passwordfile command" >&2
}

if [ ${1} = "-principal" ]; then
PRINCIPAL="${1} ${2}"
shift 2
fi

if [ -z "${1}" ]; then
echo "${CMD} error: need name of password file" >&2
usage
exit 1
else
passwordfile=${1}
shift
fi

/usr/afsws/bin/klog ${PRINCIPAL} -pipe < ${passwordfile}

if [ -z "${1}" ]; then
echo "${CMD} error: need name of command to run" >&2
usage
exit 1
else
command_line="$*"
command=`echo ${command_line} | awk '{print $1}'`

# Check if we can run the command.
# If we got this far, it is likely that the command name is correct
# but there may be a problem in accessing the command file.
# If there is an error, log it via syslog (logger) rather than ">&2"

if [ ! -x "${command}" ]; then
M="error: unable to execute command ${command}"
logger -i -t "${CMD}" "${M}"
exit 1
fi
fi
exec ${command_line}

b) Store your password in a local (non-AFS) file that only you
have access to (perhaps: /home/$USER/.p).

Make sure that this file is mode 600 and also be sure that
you trust whoever has root access on this system and whoever
has access to backup tapes! Also, don't forget to change this
file if you change your AFS password.

c) In your crontab file, run afs_wrap_cron followed by unlog:

0 6 * * * /usr/local/bin/afs_wrap_cron /home/$USER/.p \
$HOME/bin/6AMdaily; /usr/afsws/bin/unlog

Note that you can still run a cron job without getting a token if
the task does not need to be AFS authenticated. In this case, you
may get stderr from the cron job if your .profile is not accessible
because of the ACL protecting your $HOME. Simply redirect to /dev/null:

0 7 * * * $sys_anyuser_readable_dir/7AMdaily 2>/dev/null

Subject: 2.10 How much disk space does a 1 byte file occupy in AFS?

One kilobyte.

Other filesystems allocate different file block sizes.
For example, IBM's AIX version 3 journaled file system (JFS)
uses 4K blocks (exception: 2K for the 160MB disk drive).

Such blocksize differences lead to variations on the amount of
disk space required to store files. Copying a directory from AFS
to AIX JFS would require more space in JFS because of the block
fragmentation.

Example:

a) Create a one byte file in AFS and use "ls -s" to show how many
kilobytes it occupies:

ariel@atlantica $ echo z >/afs/dsea/tmp/one_byte_file
ariel@atlantica $ ls -s /afs/dsea/tmp/one_byte_file
1 /afs/dsea/tmp/one_byte_file

b) Create same file in local filesystem (AIX JFS):

ariel@atlantica $ echo z >/tmp/one_byte_file
ariel@atlantica $ ls -s /tmp/one_byte_file
4 /tmp/one_byte_file

Subject: 2.11 Is it possible to specify a user who is external
to the current AFS cell on an ACL?

No. You cannot reference a particular user from another AFS cell.

You can specify an IP address on the ACL; this means any and all
users from the host with that IP address.

Another solution to this problem is to give the external user an
"authentication-only" account in your AFS cell. This means that
(s)he can klog (but has no home directory) in your cell.

# Example: AFS administrator creates an authentication-only user
$ uss add daffy "Daffy Duck" -t /dev/null
$ kas setpassword daffy -admin admin

Cross-realm authentication (where co-operating cells are able to
specify remore users as "user@remote.cell" on an ACL) is an *unsupported*
feature of AFS 3.3a. That means that Transarc doesn't promise
to make it work for you, nor keep it running in future releases.

Subject: 2.12 Are there any problems printing files in /afs?

The issue of printing in AFS is almost always the same: what do you
send to the printing daemon? Do you send it the bytes you want to
print or do you just send the file name containing those bytes? If
you send it a file name, you have to be sure that the printing daemon
can read it. Most daemons run with no AFS tokens, so can't access
directories unless they are open for system:anyuser read access.
Often, printing commands (lpr, lp, enq) have an option that allows
for both modes of operation, though the default behavior varies from
system to system. If you're interested in making your daemons
authenticate to AFS, check out the example scripts in AFS-Contrib:

file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/tools/reauth-example
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/tools/reauth-example/ (Who's computer is this?)

Another common problem is setuid printing commands. For instance, the
"enq" command runs as root, daemon, or some such user. If you aren't
using the AFS login and simply issue "klog" to get tokens, those
tokens are associated with your uid. When setuid programs run, they
lose access to your token and often can't read the file name given as
an argument. The solution in this case is to use "pagsh" before
"klog" so that your tokens are transferred to subprocesses
automatically by group membership. This works even if the uid
changes, as for setuid programs.

Subject: 2.13 Can I create a fifo (aka named pipe) in /afs?

No. AFS does not support "mknod fifofile p".

Subject: 2.14 If an AFS server crashes, do I have to reboot my AFS client?

No.

Typically, if an AFS server becomes unavailable, the AFS Cache Manager on
your AFS client will see you through the outage until the server returns.
This robustness is dependent on the way your AFS cell has been configured
including the following factors:

+ On the client side:
+ How big is the cache?
+ Are the files you need already in the cache?

+ On the server side:
+ How many servers? It's best to have a minimum of three.
+ Is the data you are accessing replicated? In AFS, replicas
are ReadOnly copies.

With replicated volumes, the AFS Cache Manager knows about all of the
servers on which the replicas are located. Therefore, when the Cache
Manager accesses a replicated volume, if the RPC times out, the
Cache Manager automatically retrys the RPC, using a different file server.

If necessary, the Cache Manager will attempt to contact all file servers
on which a replica of the volume resides.

If you are accessing ReadWrite volumes on a crashed server then you
will not be able to save changes back to the server until it returns.

You don't need to reboot, and the Cache Manager activity is "invisible"
to the user.

Subject: 2.15 Can I use AFS on my diskless workstation?

Yes. The AFS Cache Manager can be configured to work with either
a disk based cache or a memory (RAM) based cache. With the latter,
you can expect file access from the cache with a whizz!

U http://www.uni-hohenheim.de/~schaefer/afs/info-afs/1306.html (Who's computer is this?)

Subject: 2.16 Can I test for AFS tokens from within my program?

Yes. Some sample code showing how to do this can be found in:

file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/tools/auth-samples/listtokens.c
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/tools/auth-samples/listtokens.c (Who's computer is this?)

Subject: 2.17 What's the difference between /afs/cellname and /afs/.cellname?

AFS has ReadOnly (RO) and ReadWrite (RW) volumes.

The convention in AFS is to mount the RW volume "root.cell" as
/afs/.cellname and the RO volume "root.cell.readonly" as /afs/cellname.

This is so that when you travel down the /afs/.cellname link, AFS will
always use the RW site of any volumes that have RO clones.

This allows your administrator to update the RW copy of a volume and
"vos release $volname" so that it will appear in /afs/cellname.

Subject: 2.18 Can I klog as two users on a machine in the same cell?

Yes, if you use two different PAGs.

It's: "One token per PAG per client system."

From one shell you can only authenticate as a single user of a cell.
If you open another shell (with another PAG) you can klog as a different
user of the same cell from the same client.

You can authenticate into many cells from one client shell.

Subject: 2.19 What are the ~/.__afsXXXX files?

They are temporary reference files used by the AFS Cache Manager.

In UNIX filesystems, when you a remove a file that is kept open
by a process, the file stays around physically while it is no longer
referenced in any directory (which you will see as a mismatch between
disk space usage according to df and du).

Some applications rely on that feature, e.g. they create a temporary file
and remove it immediatley while keeping the file descriptor open.
The file then disappears from the filesystem automagically
when the process terminates or the file descriptor gets closed otherwise.
Such applications could get into trouble with older versions of AFS,
where the file could really disappear while it was held open.

Newer versions of AFS rename such files to .__afsXXXX, thus making sure
that the data stays around as expected by the application. As soon as
the file gets closed, the associated .__afsXXXX should disappear.

Subject: 3 AFS administration

Subject: 3.01 Is there a version of xdm available with AFS authentication?

Yes, xdm can be found in:

file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/tools/xdm
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/tools/xdm/ (Who's computer is this?)

Subject: 3.02 Is there a version of xlock available with AFS authentication?

Yes, xlock can be found in:

file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/tools/xlock
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/tools/xlock/ (Who's computer is this?)

Subject: 3.03 What is /afs/@cell?

It is a symbolic link pointing at /afs/$your_cell_name.

NB, @cell is not something that is provided by AFS. You may decide
it is useful in your cell and wish to create it yourself.

/afs/@cell is useful because:

+ If you look after more than one AFS cell, you could create
the link in each cell then set your PATH as:
PATH=$PATH:/afs/@cell/@sys/local/bin

+ For most cells, it shortens the path names to be typed in
thus reducing typos and saving time.

A disadvantage of using this convention is that when you cd into
/afs/@cell then type "pwd" you see "/afs/@cell" instead of the full name
of your cell. This may appear confusing if a user wants to tell a user
in another cell the pathname to a file.

You could create your own /afs/@cell with the following:

#/bin/ksh -
# author: mpb
[ -L /afs/@cell ] && echo We already have @cell! && exit
cell=$(cat /usr/vice/etc/ThisCell)
cd /afs/.${cell} && fs mkm temp root.afs
cd temp
ln -s /afs/${cell} @cell
ln -s /afs/.${cell} .@cell # .@cell for RW path
cd /afs/.${cell} && fs rmm temp
vos release root.afs; fs checkv

U http://www-archive.stanford.edu/lists/info-afs/hyper95/0298.html (Who's computer is this?)

Subject: 3.04 Given that AFS data is location independent, how does
an AFS client determine which server houses the data
its user is attempting to access?

The Volume Location Database (VLDB) is stored on AFS Database
Servers and is ideally replicated across 3 or more Database Server
machines. Replication of the Database ensures high availability
and load balances the requests for the data. The VLDB maintains
information regarding the current physical location of all volume
data (files and directories) in the cell, including the IP address
of the FileServer, and the name of the disk partition the data is
stored on.

A list of a cell's Database Servers is stored on the local disk of
each AFS Client machine as: /usr/vice/etc/CellServDB

The Database Servers also house the Kerberos Authentication
Database (encrypted user and server passwords), the Protection
Database (user UID and protection group information) and the
Backup Database (used by System Administrators to backup AFS file
data to tape).

Subject: 3.05 Which protocols does AFS use?

AFS may be thought of as a collection of protocols and software
processes, nested one on top of the other. The constant interaction
between and within these levels makes AFS a very sophisticated software
system.

At the lowest level is the UDP protocol, which is part of TCP/IP. UDP
is the connection to the actual network wire. The next protocol level is
the remote procedure call (RPC). In general, RPCs allow the developer
to build applications using the client/server model, hiding the
underlying networking mechanisms. AFS uses Rx, an RPC protocol developed
specifically for AFS during its development phase at Carnegie Mellon
University.

Above the RPC is a series of server processes and interfaces that all
use Rx for communication between machines. Fileserver, volserver,
upserver, upclient, and bosserver are server processes that export RPC
interfaces to allow their user interface commands to request actions and
get information. For example, a bos status <machine name> command will
examine the bos server process on the indicated file server machine.

Database servers use ubik, a replicated database mechanism which is
implemented using RPC. Ubik guarantees that the copies of AFS databases
of multiple server machines remain consistent. It provides an
application programming interface (API) for database reads and writes,
and uses RPCs to keep the database synchronized. The database server
processes, vlserver, kaserver, and ptserver, reside above ubik. These
processes export an RPC interface which allows user commands to control
their operation. For instance, the pts command is used to communicate
with the ptserver, while the command klog uses the kaserver's RPC
interface.

Some application programs are quite complex, and draw on RPC interfaces
for communication with an assortment of processes. Scout utilizes the
RPC interface to file server processes to display and monitor the status
of file servers. The uss command interfaces with kaserver, ptserver,
volserver and vlserver to create new user accounts.

The Cache Manager also exports an RPC interface. This interface is used
principally by file server machines to break callbacks. It can also be
used to obtain Cache Manager status information. The program cmdebug
shows the status of a Cache Manager using this interface.

For additional information, Section 1.5 of the AFS System
Administrator's Guide and the April 1990 Cache Update contain more
information on ubik. Udebug information and short descriptions of all
debugging tools were included in the January 1991 Cache Update. Future
issues will discuss other debugging tools in more detail.

[ source: ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsug/newsletter/apr91 (Who's computer is this?) ]
[ Copyright 1991 Transarc Corporation ]

Subject: 3.06 Are setuid programs executable across AFS cell boundaries?

By default, the setuid bit is ignored but the program may be run
(without setuid privilege).

It is possible to configure an AFS client to honour the setuid bit.
This is achieved by root running:

root@toontown # fs setcell -cell $cellname -suid

(where $cellname is the name of the foreign cell. Use with care!).

NB: making a program setuid (or setgid) in AFS does *not* mean
that the program will get AFS permissions of a user or group.
To become AFS authenticated, you have to klog. If you are not
authenticated, AFS treats you as "system:anyuser".

Subject: 3.07 How does AFS maintain consistency on read-write files?

AFS uses a mechanism called "callback".

Callback is a promise from the fileserver that the cache version
of a file/directory is up-to-date. It is established by the fileserver
with the caching of a file.

When a file is modified the fileserver breaks the callback. When the
user accesses the file again the Cache Manager fetches a new copy
if the callback has been broken.

The following paragraphs describe AFS callback mechanism in more detail:

If I open() fileA and start reading, and you then open() fileA,
write() a change ***and close() or fsync()*** the file to get your
changes back to the server - at the time the server accepts and writes
your changes to the appropriate location on the server disk, the
server also breaks callbacks to all clients to which it issued a copy
of fileA.

So my client receives a message to break the callback on fileA, which
it dutifully does. But my application (editor, spreadsheet, whatever
I'm using to read fileA) is still running, and doesn't really care
that the callback has been broken.

When something causes the application to read() more of the file
the read() system call executes AFS cache manager code via the VFS switch,
which does check the callback and therefore gets new copies of the data.

Of course, the application may not re-read data that it has already read,
but that would also be the case if you were both using the same host.
So, for both AFS and local files, I may not see your changes.

Now if I exit the application and start it again, or if the
application does another open() on the file, then I will see the
changes you've made.

This information tends to cause tremendous heartache and discontent
- but unnecessarily so. People imagine rampant synchronization problems.
In practice this rarely happens and in those rare instances, the data in
question is typically not critical enough to cause real problems or
crashing and burning of applications. Since 1985, we've found
that the synchronization algorithm has been more than adequate in practice
- but people still like to worry!

The source of worry is that, if I make changes to a file from my
workstation, your workstation is not guaranteed to be notified until I
close or fsync the file, at which point AFS guarantees that your
workstation will be notified. This is a significant departure from NFS,
in which no guarantees are provided.

Partially because of the worry factor and largely because of Posix,
this will change in DFS. DFS synchronization semantics are identical
to local file system synchronization.

[ DFS is the Distributed File System which is part of the Distributed ]
[ Computing Environment (DCE). ]

Subject: 3.08 How can I run daemons with tokens that do not expire?

It is not a good idea to run with tokens that do not expire because
this would weaken one of the security features of Kerberos.

A better approach is to re-authenticate just before the token expires.

There are two examples of this that have been contributed to
afs-contrib. The first is "reauth":

file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/tools/reauth/
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/tools/reauth/ (Who's computer is this?)

The second is "lat":

/afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/pointers\
/UMich-lat-authenticated-batch-jobs
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/pointers (Who's computer is this?)
/UMich-lat-authenticated-batch-jobs

Subject: 3.09 Can I check my user's passwords for security purposes?

Yes. Alec Muffett's Crack tool (at version 4.1f) has been converted
to work on the Transarc kaserver database. This modified Crack
(AFS Crack) is available via anonymous ftp from:

ftp://export.acs.cmu.edu/pub/crack.tar.Z (Who's computer is this?)

and is known to work on: pmax_* sun4*_* hp700_* rs_aix* next_*

It uses the file /usr/afs/db/kaserver.DB0, which is the database on
the kaserver machine that contains the encrypted passwords. As a bonus,
AFS Crack is usually two to three orders of magnitude faster than the
standard Crack since there is no concept of salting in a Kerberos database.

On a normal UNIX /etc/passwd file, each password can have been encrypted
around 4096 (2^12) different saltings of the crypt(3) algorithm, so for
a large number of users it is easy to see that a potentially large
(up to 4095) number of seperate encryptions of each word checked has
been avoided.

Author: Dan Lovinger
Contact: Derrick J. Brashear <shadow+@andrew.cmu.edu>

Note: AFS Crack does not work for MIT Kerberos Databases.
The author is willing to give general guidance to someone interested
in doing the (probably minimal) amount of work to port it to do MIT
Kerberos. The author does not have access to a MIT Kerberos server
to do this.

Subject: 3.10 Is there a way to automatically balance disk usage across
fileservers?

Yes. There is a tool, balance, which does exactly this.
It can be retrieved via anonymous ftp from:

ftp://ftp.andrew.cmu.edu/pub/balance-1.1a.tar.Z (Who's computer is this?)

Actually, it is possible to write arbitrary balancing algorithms
for this tool. The default set of "agents" provided for the current
version of balance balance by usage, # of volumes, and activity per week,
the latter currently requiring a source patch to the AFS volserver.
Balance is highly configurable.

Author: Dan Lovinger
Contact: Derrick Brashear <shadow+@andrew.cmu.edu>

Subject: 3.11 Can I shutdown an AFS fileserver without affecting users?

Yes, this is an example of the flexibility you have in managing AFS.

Before attempting to shutdown an AFS fileserver you have to make
some arrangements that any services that were being provided are
moved to another AFS fileserver:

1) Move all AFS volumes to another fileserver. (Check you have the space!)
This can be done "live" while users are actively using files
in those volumes with no detrimental effects.

2) Make sure that critical services have been replicated on one
(or more) other fileserver(s). Such services include:

kaserver - Kerberos Authentication server
vlserver - Volume Location server
ptserver - Protection server
buserver - Backup server

It is simple to test this before the real shutdown by issuing:

bos shutdown $server $service

where: $server is the name of the server to be shutdown
and $service is one (or all) of: kaserver vlserver ptserver buserver

Other points to bear in mind:

+ "vos remove" any RO volumes on the server to be shutdown.
Create corresponding RO volumes on the 2nd fileserver after moving the RW.
There are two reasons for this:

1) An RO on the same partition ("cheap replica") requires less space
than a full-copy RO.

2) Because AFS always accesses RO volumes in preference to RW,
traffic will be directed to the RO and therefore quiesce the load
on the fileserver to be shutdown.

+ If the system to be shutdown has the lowest IP address there may be a
brief delay in authenticating because of timeout experienced before
contacting a second kaserver.

Subject: 3.12 How can I set up mail delivery to users with $HOMEs in AFS?

There are many ways to do this. Here, only two methods are considered:

Method 1: deliver into local filestore

This is the simplest to implement. Set up your mail delivery to
append mail to /var/spool/mail/$USER on one mailserver host.
The mailserver is an AFS client so users draw their mail out of
local filestore into their AFS $HOME (eg: inc).

Note that if you expect your (AFS unauthenticated) mail delivery program
to be able to process .forward files in AFS $HOMEs then you need to
add "system:anyuser rl" to each $HOMEs ACL.

The advantages are:

+ Simple to implement and maintain.
+ No need to authenticate into AFS.

The drawbacks are:

- It doesn't scale very well.
- Users have to login to the mailserver to access their new mail.
- Probably less secure than having your mailbox in AFS.
- System administrator has to manage space in /var/spool/mail.

Method 2: deliver into AFS

This takes a little more setting up than the first method.

First, you must have your mail delivery daemon AFS authenticated
(probably as "postman"). The reauth example in afs-contrib
shows how a daemon can renew its token. You will also need to setup
the daemon startup soon after boot time to klog (see the -pipe option).

Second, you need to set up the ACLs so that "postman" has lookup rights
down to the user's $HOME and "lik" on $HOME/Mail.

Advantages:

+ Scales better than first method.
+ Delivers to user's $HOME in AFS giving location independence.
+ Probably more secure than first method.
+ User responsible for space used by mail.

Disadvantages:

- More complicated to set up.
- Need to correctly set ACLs down to $HOME/Mail for every user.
- Probably need to store postman's password in a file so that
the mail delivery daemon can klog after boot time.
This may be OK if the daemon runs on a relatively secure host.

An example of how to do this for IBM RISC System/6000 is auth-sendmail.
A beta test version of auth-sendmail can be found in:

file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/doc/faq/auth-sendmail.tar.Z
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/doc/faq/auth-sendmail.tar.Z (Who's computer is this?)

Subject: 3.13 Should I replicate a ReadOnly volume on the same partition
and server as the ReadWrite volume?

Yes, Absolutely! It improves the robustness of your served volumes.

If ReadOnly volumes exist (note use of term *exist* rather than
*are available*), Cache Managers will *never* utilize the ReadWrite
version of the volume. The only way to access the RW volume is via
the "dot" path (or by special mounting).

This means if *all* RO copies are on dead servers, are offline, are
behind a network partition, etc, then clients will not be able to get
the data, even if the RW version of the volume is healthy, on a healthy
server and in a healthy network.

However, you are *very* strongly encouraged to keep one RO copy of a
volume on the *same server and partition* as the RW. There are two
reasons for this:

1) The RO that is on the same server and partition as the RW is a clone
(just a copy of the header - not a full copy of each file).
It therefore is very small, but provides access to the same set of files
that all other (full copy) ReadOnly volume do.
Transarc trainers refer to this as the "cheap replica".

2) To prevent the frustration that occurs when all your ROs are unavailable
but a perfectly healthy RW was accessible but not used.

If you keep a "cheap replica", then by definition, if the RW is available,
one of the RO's is also available, and clients will utilize that site.

Subject: 3.14 Should I start AFS before NFS in /etc/inittab?

Yes, it is possible to run both AFS and NFS on the same system but
you should start AFS first.

In IBM's AIX 3.2, your /etc/inittab would contain:

rcafs:2:wait:/etc/rc.afs > /dev/console 2>&1 # Start AFS daemons
rcnfs:2:wait:/etc/rc.nfs > /dev/console 2>&1 # Start NFS daemons

With AIX, you need to load NFS kernel extensions before the AFS KEs
in /etc/rc.afs like this:

#!/bin/sh -
# example /etc/rc.afs for an AFS fileserver running AIX 3.2
#
echo "Installing NFS kernel extensions (for AFS+NFS)"
/etc/gfsinstall -a /usr/lib/drivers/nfs.ext
echo "Installing AFS kernel extensions..."
D=/usr/afs/bin/dkload
${D}/cfgexport -a ${D}/export.ext
${D}/cfgafs -a ${D}/afs.ext
/usr/afs/bin/bosserver &

Subject: 3.15 Will AFS run on a multi-homed fileserver?

(multi-homed = host has more than one network interface.)

Yes, it will. However, AFS was designed for hosts with a single IP address.
There can be problems if you have one host name being resolved to several
IP addresses.

Transarc suggest designating unique hostnames for each network interface.
For example, a host called "spot" has two tokenring and one ethernet
interfaces: spot-tr0, spot-tr1, spot-en0.
Then, select which interface will be used for AFS and use that hostname
in the CellServDB file (eg: spot-tr0).

You also have to remember to use the AFS interface name with any AFS
commands that require a server name (eg: vos listvol spot-tr0).

There is a more detailed discussion of this in the August 1993 issue
of "Cache Update" (see: ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsug/newsletter/aug93 (Who's computer is this?) ).

The simplest way of dealing with this is to make your AFS fileservers
single-homed (eg only use one network interface).

At release 3.4 of AFS, it is possible to have multi-homed fileservers
(but _not_ multi-homed database servers).

Subject: 3.16 Can I replicate my user's home directory AFS volumes?

No.

Users with $HOMEs in /afs normally have an AFS ReadWrite volume
mounted in their home directory.

You can replicate a RW volume but only as a ReadOnly volume
and there can only be one instance of a ReadWrite volume.

In theory, you could have RO copies of a user's RW volume
on a second server but in practice this won't work for the
following reasons:

a) AFS has built-in bias to always access the RO copy of a RW volume.
So the user would have a ReadOnly $HOME which is not too useful!

b) Even if a) was not true you would have to arrange frequent
synchronisation of the RO copy with the RW volume (for example:
"vos release user.fred; fs checkv") and this would have to be
done for all such user volumes.

c) Presumably, the idea of replicating is to recover the $HOME
in the event of a server crash. Even if a) and b) were not
problems consider what you might have to do to recover a $HOME:

1) Create a new RW volume for the user on the second server
(perhaps named "user.fred.2").

2) Now, where do you mount it?

The existing mountpoint cannot be used because it already has
the ReadOnly copy of the original volume mounted there.

Let's choose: /afs/MyCell/user/fred.2

3) Copy data from the RO of the original into the new RW volume
user.fred.2

4) Change the user's entry in the password file for the new $HOME:
/afs/MyCell/user/fred.2

You would have to attempt steps 1 to 4 for every user who had
their RW volume on the crashed server. By the time you had done
all of this, the crashed server would probably have rebooted.

The bottom line is: you cannot replicate $HOMEs across servers.

Subject: 3.17 Which TCP/IP ports and protocols do I need to enable
in order to operate AFS through my Internet firewall?

Assuming you have already taken care of nameserving, you may wish to
use an Internet timeserver for Network Time Protocol [35] [36]:

ntp 123/tcp

A list of NTP servers is available via anonymous FTP from:
http://www.eecis.udel.edu/~mills/ntp/servers.html (Who's computer is this?)

For further details on NTP see: http://www.eecis.udel.edu/~ntp/ (Who's computer is this?)

For a "minimal" AFS service which does not allow inbound or outbound klog:

fileserver 7000/udp
cachemanager 7001/udp
ptserver 7002/udp
vlserver 7003/udp
kaserver 7004/udp
volserver 7005/udp
reserved 7006/udp
bosserver 7007/udp

(Ports in the 7020-7029 range are used by the AFS backup system,
and won't be needed by external clients performing simple file accesses.)

Additionally, for "klog" to work through the firewall you need to
allow inbound and outbound UDP on ports >1024 (probably 1024<port<2048
would suffice depending on the number of simultaneous klogs).

See also: http://www-archive.stanford.edu/lists/info-afs/hyper95/0874.html (Who's computer is this?)

Subject: 3.18 What is the Andrew Benchmark?

"It is a script that operates on a collection of files constituting
an application program. The operations are intended to represent typical
actions of an average user. The input to the benchmark is a source tree
of about 70 files. The files total about 200 KB in size. The benchmark
consists of five distinct phases:

I MakeDir - Construct a target subtree that is identical to the
source subtree.
II Copy - Copy every file from the source subtree to the target subtree.
III ScanDir - Traverse the target subtree and examine the status
of every file in it.
IV ReadAll - Scan every byte of every file in the target subtree.
V Make - Complete and link all files in the target subtree."

Source:
file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/doc/benchmark/Andrew.Benchmark.ps
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/doc/benchmark/Andrew.Benchmark.ps (Who's computer is this?)

Subject: 3.19 Is there a version of HP VUE login with AFS authentication?

Yes, the availability of this is described in:
file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/pointers/HP-VUElogin.txt
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/pointers/HP-VUElogin.txt (Who's computer is this?)

U If you don't have access to the above, please contact Rajeev Pandey
U of Hewlett Packard whose email address is <rpandey@cv.hp.com>.

Subject: 3.20 How can I list which clients have cached files from a server?

By using the following script:

#!/bin/ksh -
#
# NAME afsclients
# AUTHOR Rainer Toebbicke <rtb@dxcern.cern.ch>
# DATE June 1994
# PURPOSE Display AFS clients which have grabbed files from a server

if [ $# = 0 ]; then
echo "Usage: $0 <afs_server 1> ... <afsserver n>"
exit 1
fi
for n; do
/usr/afsws/etc/rxdebug -servers $n -allconn
done | grep '^Connection' | \
while read x y z ipaddr rest; do echo $ipaddr; done | sort -u |
while read ipaddr; do
ipaddr=${ipaddr%%,}
n="`nslookup $ipaddr`"
n="${n##*Name: }"
n="${n%%Address:*}"
n="${n##*([ ])}"
n="${n%?}"
echo "$n ($ipaddr)"
done

Subject: 3.21 Do Backup volumes require as much space as ReadWrite volumes?

No.

The technique used is to create a new volume, where every file in the
RW copy is pointed to by the new backup volume. The files don't exist
in the BK, only in the RW volume. The backup volume therefore takes up
very little space.

If the user now starts modifying data, the old copy must not be destroyed.

There is a Copy-On-Write bit in the vnode - if the fileserver writes to
a vnode with the bit on it allocates a new vnode for the data and turns
off the COW bit. The BK volume hangs onto the old data, and the RW volume
slowly splits itself away over time.

The BK volume is re-synchronised with the RW next time a "vos backupsys"
is run.

The space needed for the BK volume is directly related to the size
of all files changed in the RW between runs of "vos backupsys".

Subject: 3.22 Should I run timed on my AFS client?

No.

The AFS Cache Manager makes use of NTP [35] [36] to synchronise time
with your cell's NTP servers.

Typically, one of your AFS cell's servers synchronises with an
external NTP server and provides accurate time to your cell.

Subject: 3.23 Why should I keep /usr/vice/etc/CellServDB current?

On AFS clients, /usr/vice/etc/CellservDB, defines the cells and
(their servers) that can be accessed via /afs.

Over time, site details change: servers are added/removed or moved
onto new network addresses. New sites appear.

In order to keep up-to-date with such changes, the CellservDB file
on each AFS client should be kept consistent with some master copy
(at your site).

As well as updating CellservDB, your AFS administrator should
ensure that new cells are mounted in your cell's root.afs volume.

Subject: 3.24 How can I keep /usr/vice/etc/CellServDB current?

Do a daily copy from a master source and update the AFS kernel sitelist.

The client CellServDB file must not reside under /afs and is best located
in local filespace.

Simply updating a client CellServDB file is not enough.
You also need to update the AFS kernel sitelist by either:
a) rebooting the client
or b) running "fs newcell $cell_name $server_list" for each site in
the CellServDB file.

A script to update the AFS kernel sitelist on a running system
is newCellServDB.

file:///afs/ece.cmu.edu/usr/awk/Public/newCellServDB
ftp://ftp.ece.cmu.edu/pub/afs-tools/newCellServDB (Who's computer is this?)

One way to distribute CellServDB is to have a root cron job on each
AFS client copy the file then run newCellServDB.

Example:

#!/bin/ksh -
#
# NAME syncCellServDB
# PURPOSE Update local CellServDB file and update AFS kernel sitelist
# USAGE run by daily root cron job eg:
# 0 3 * * * /usr/local/sbin/syncCellServDB
#
# NOTE "@cell" is a symbolic link to /afs/$this_cell_name

src=/afs/@cell/service/etc/CellServDB
dst=/usr/vice/etc/CellServDB
xec=/usr/local/sbin/newCellServDB
log=/var/log/syncCellServDB

if [ -s ${src} ]; then
if [ ${src} -nt ${dst} ]; then
cp $dst ${dst}- && cp $src $dst && $xec 2>&1 >$log
else
echo "master copy no newer: no processing to be done" >$log
fi
else
echo "zero length file: ${src}" >&2
fi

Subject: 3.25 How can I compute a list of AFS fileservers?

Here is a Korn shell command to do it:

stimpy@nick $ vos listvldb -cell $(cat /usr/vice/etc/ThisCell) \
| awk '(/server/) {print $2}' | sort -u

Subject: 3.26 How can I set up anonymous FTP login to access /afs?

The easiest way on a primarily "normal" machine (where you don't want to
have everything in AFS) is to actually mount root.cell under ~ftp, and then
symlink /afs to ~ftp/afs or whatever. It's as simple as changing the
mountpoint in /usr/vice/etc/cacheinfo and restarting afsd.

Note that when you do this, anon ftp users can go anywhere system:anyuser
can (or worse, if you're using IP-based ACLs and the ftp host is PTS groups).
The only "polite" solution I've arrived at is to have the ftp host
machine run a minimal CellServDB and police my ACLs tightly.

Alternatively, you can make ~ftp an AFS volume and just mount whatever you
need under that - this works well if you can keep everything in AFS, and
you don't have the same problems with anonymous "escapes" into /afs.

Unless you need to do authenticating ftp, you are _strongly_ recommended
using wu-ftpdv2.4 (or better).

Subject: 3.27 Where can I find the Andrew Benchmark?

file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/doc/faq/ab.tar.Z [156k]
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/doc/faq/ab.tar.Z (Who's computer is this?) [156k]

This is a tar archive of file:///afs/cs.cmu.edu/user/satya/ftp/ab/

Subject: 4 Getting more information

Subject: 4.01 Is there an anonymous FTP site with AFS information?

Yes, it is: ftp.transarc.com

A brief summary of contents:

Directory Contents

pub/afsug/newsletter AFS user group newsletters
pub/afs-contrib Contributed tools and documents
pub/afsps/doc release notes, SUPPORTED_SYSTEMS.afs.*
pub/afsug AFS user group (see README for detail)
pub/afsps/progint AFS programming interface docs

These directories are also accessible via AFS. For example:
/afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib

(NB "pub" => "public" when using AFS to access these.)

Subject: 4.02 Which USENET newsgroups discuss AFS?

alt.filesystems.afs and occasionally in comp.unix.admin.

Subject: 4.03 Where can I get training in AFS?

Transarc provide user and administrator courses.
These can be provided at the customer site or at Transarc's offices.

Transarc's education coordinator may be contacted by:

telephone: +1 412 338 4363 email: education@transarc.com

U http://www.transarc.com (Who's computer is this?)

Subject: 4.04 Where can I find AFS resources in World Wide Web (WWW)?

Here are some I have found (please let me know if you find more):

a) A collection of AFS information maintained by Derrick Brashear at CMU:

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/andrew.cmu.edu/usr/shadow/www/afs.html (Who's computer is this?)
(Also accessible in: /afs/andrew.cmu.edu/usr/shadow/www)

b) AFS Beginners Guide (ALW/NIH):
http://www.alw.nih.gov/Docs/AFS/AFS_toc.html (Who's computer is this?)

c) NCSA AFS User Guide:
http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Pubs/UserGuides/AFSGuide/AFSv2.1Book.html (Who's computer is this?)

d) Transarc AFS Product Information:
U http://www.transarc.com/dfs/public/www/htdocs/.hosts/external/Product/EFS/AFS/afsoverview.html (Who's computer is this?)

e) CERN AFS User's Guide:
http://wsspinfo.cern.ch/file/doc/afsug.html (Who's computer is this?)

f) MIT SIPB's Inessential AFS
http://web.mit.edu/afs/sipb.mit.edu/project/doc/afs/html/afs-new.html (Who's computer is this?)

g) Stanford University hypermail archive of info-afs@transarc.com
http://www-archive.stanford.edu/lists/info-afs.html (Who's computer is this?)

N h) Linux AFS FAQ:
N http://www.umlug.umd.edu/linuxafs/ (Who's computer is this?)

Subject: 4.05 Is there a mailing list for AFS topics?

Yes, it is info-afs@transarc.com.

An automated program called Majordomo is now handling the info-afs
list. To join the mailing list, send a message to:

majordomo@transarc.com

In the body (not the Subject line) of the message, type:

subscribe info-afs

For example:

$ mail -s "subscribe to info-afs" majordomo@transarc.com <<%
subscribe info-afs
%

To unsubscribe:

$ mail -s "unsubscribe from info-afs" majordomo@transarc.com <<%
unsubscribe info-afs

Subject: 4.06 Where can I find an archive of info-afs@transarc.com?

There is a hypermail archive at:
http://www-archive.stanford.edu/lists/info-afs.html (Who's computer is this?)

Subject: 4.07 Where can I find an archive of alt.filesystems.afs?

file:///afs/ibm.uk/common/archive/alt.filesystems.afs/

Both the info-afs@transarc.com and alt.filesystems.afs archives are
incomplete. If you have material to contribute, please let me know.

Subject: 4.08 Where can I find AFS related GIFs?

U file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/doc/faq/images/index.html
U ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/doc/faq/images/index.html (Who's computer is this?)

Subject: 4.09 Gibt es eine deutsche AFS Benutzer Gruppe?

Ja, wenn Sie mitmachen wollen, schicken Sie bitte eine E-Mail an:

afsdeu-request@hrz.th-darmstadt.de

Ueber diese Adresse werden "subscribe" und "unsubscribe" Requests
bearbeitet.

Subject: 4.10 Donde puedo encontrar informacion en Espanol sobre AFS?

Hay algunas notas en Espanol sobre AFS en:
http://w3.ing.puc.cl/~cet/afs.html (Who's computer is this?)

Subject: 5 About the AFS faq

I started compiling the FAQ after attending an AFS administrators class
and while waiting for the distribution tape to arrive from Transarc
(back in July 93). The initial goal was to assist users at my site
to understand AFS issues.

The FAQ seemed to be a more widely useful resource so it was made
generally available.

I hope you have found the AFS FAQ useful.

Your criticism or suggestions for improving it are welcome, so please
don't hesitate to email your views (or just say "hello").

This compilation is dedicated to my AFS teacher and all those
who inspire through good humour, enthusiasm, wit and wisdom.
--
paul http://acm.org/~mpb/homepage.html (Who's computer is this?)

Subject: 5.01 How can I get a copy of the AFS faq?

If you do make a copy, please be aware that this compilation
changes over time: you will need to do a periodic re-copy to
keep your copy up-to-date.

There are two reference sources:

1) The text only version, available via AFS from:
/afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/doc/faq/afs.faq

2) The World Wide Web (HTML) version, available via URL:
U http://www.angelfire.com/hi/plutonic/afs-faq.html (Who's computer is this?)


There are several other ways to get a copy.

via AFS: /afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/doc/faq/afs.faq

U via FTP: ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/afs-faq (Who's computer is this?)

U via WWW: http://www.angelfire.com/hi/plutonic/afs-faq.html (Who's computer is this?)

via USENET news:

From time to time this faq will be posted to the USENET newsgroups:
alt.filesystems.afs alt.answers news.answers

via CD-ROM:

The AFS faq is now available on CD-ROM "Internet Info" (containing
17,420 documents including other FAQs, RFCs, IENs, etc) from:

Walnut Creek CDROM phone: 1 800 786-9907 (US tollfree)
4041 Pike Lane, Ste D-www +1 510 674-0783
Concord, CA 94250 fax: +1 510 674-0821
United States of America email: orders@cdrom.com
WWW: http://www.cdrom.com/ (Who's computer is this?)

The file is in: $cd_mount_point/faqs/alt/filesystems.afs

Subject: 5.02 How can I get my question (and answer) into the AFS faq?

Comments and contributions are welcome, please send to: mpb@acm.org

I am looking for reviewers to help me check the material here, please
let me know if you would like to help.

Subject: 5.03 How can I access the AFS faq via the World Wide Web?

To access the World Wide Web you either need your own browser
or have telnet access to WWW servers.

WWW browsers exist for most machines. Here's a list of some browsers;

Name System/requirements Available from (among others)
==== =================== ==============
Mosaic X windows, MS-Windows, Mac ftp.ncsa.uiuc.edu /Web
lynx vt100 ftp.wustl.edu /packages/www/lynx

From your own browser, OPEN or GO to the following document:

U http://www.angelfire.com/hi/plutonic/afs-faq.html (Who's computer is this?)

It is much better to run your own browser but if this is not possible
there are several WWW servers accessible via telnet:

+ telnet info.cern.ch
U then type: go http://www.angelfire.com/hi/plutonic/afs-faq.html (Who's computer is this?)

+ telnet www.njit.edu (login: www)
then type:
g
U http://www.angelfire.com/hi/plutonic/afs-faq.html (Who's computer is this?)

+ telnet ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu (login: www, needs vt100)
U then type: ghttp://www.angelfire.com/hi/plutonic/afs-faq.html

Subject: 6 Bibliography

If documentation is available via anonymous FTP it is indicated
by a World Wide Web URL like:

ftp://athena-dist.mit.edu/pub/kerberos/doc/usenix.PS (Who's computer is this?)

where: athena-dist.mit.edu is the anonymous FTP site and
pub/kerberos/doc/usenix.PS is the filename

Similarly, for those who have appropriate access, documents available
via AFS are shown with the format:

file:///afs/.....

[1] John H Howard, Michael L Kazar, Sherri G Menees, David A Nichols,
M Satyanarayanan, Robert N Sidebotham, Michael J West
"Scale and Performance in a Distributed File System",
ACM Transactions on Computer Systems, Vol. 6, No. 1, Feb 1988 pp 51-81.

[2] Michael L Kazar,
"Synchronisation and Caching Issues in the Andrew File System",
USENIX Proceedings, Dallas, TX, Winter 1988

[3] Alfred Z Spector, Michael L Kazar,
"Uniting File Systems", UNIX Review, March 1989

[4] Johna Till Johnson,
"Distributed File System brings LAN Technology to WANs",
Data Communications, November 1990, pp 66-67.

[5] Michael Padovano, PADCOM Associates,
"AFS widens your horizons in distributed computing",
Systems Integration, March 1991

[6] Steve Lammert,
"The AFS 3.0 Backup System", LISA IV Conference Proceedings,
Colorado Springs, Colorado, October 1990.

[7] Michael L Kazar, Bruce W Leverett, Owen T Anderson,
Vasilis Apostolides, Beth A Bottos, Sailesh Chutani,
Craig F Everhart, W Anthony Mason, Shu-Tsui Tu, Edward R Zayas,
"DEcorum File System Architectural Overview",
USENIX Conference Proceedings, Anaheim, Texas, Summer 1990.

[8] "AFS Drives DCE Selection", Digital Desktop, Vol 1 No 6 Sept 1990.

[9] James J Kistler, M Satyanarayanan,
"Disconnected Operation in the Coda Filesystem",
CMU School of Computer Science technical report, CMU-CS-91-166
26th July 1991.

[10] Puneet Kumar. M Satyanarayanan,
"Log-based Directory Resolution in the Coda File System",
CMU School of Computer Science internal document, 2 July 1991.

[11] Edward R Zayas,
"Administrative Cells: Proposal for Cooperative Andrew File Systems",
Information Technology Center internal document,
Carnegie-Mellon University, 25th June 1987

[12] Ed Zayas, Craig Everhart,
"Design and Specification of the Cellular Andrew Environment",
Information Technology Center, Carnegie-Mellon University,
CMU-ITC-070, 2 August 1988

[13] Kazar, Michael L, Information Technology Center,
Carnegie-Mellon University,
"Ubik - A library for Managing Ubiquitous Data",
ITCID, Pittsburgh, PA, 1988

[14] Kazar, Michael L, Information Technology Center,
Carnegie-Mellon University,
"Quorum Completion", ITCID, Pittsburgh, PA, 1988

[15] SP Miller, BC Neuman, JI Schiller, JH Saltzer,
"Kerberos Authentication and Authorization System",
Project Athena technical Plan, Section E.2.1, MIT, December 1987
ftp://athena-dist.mit.edu/pub/kerberos/doc/techplan.PS (Who's computer is this?)
ftp://athena-dist.mit.edu/pub/kerberos/doc/techplan.txt (Who's computer is this?)
file:///afs/watson.ibm.com/projects/agora/papers/kerberos/techplan.PS

[16] Bill Bryant,
"Designing an Authentication System: a Dialogue in Four Scenes",
Project Athena internal document, MIT, draft of 8th February 1988
ftp://athena-dist.mit.edu/pub/kerberos/doc/dialogue.PS (Who's computer is this?)
ftp://athena-dist.mit.edu/pub/kerberos/doc/dialogue.mss (Who's computer is this?)
file:///afs/watson.ibm.com/projects/agora/papers/kerberos/dialogue.PS

[17] Edward R Zayas,
"AFS-3 Programmer's Reference: Architectural Overview",
Transarc Corporation, FS-00-D160, September 1991
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsps/doc/progint/archov-doc.ps (Who's computer is this?)
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsps/doc/progint/archov-doc.dvi (Who's computer is this?)
file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afsps/doc/progint/archov-doc.ps
file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afsps/doc/progint/archov-doc.dvi
file:///afs/watson.ibm.com/projects/agora/papers/afs/archov-doc.ps

[18] "AFS Programmer's Reference: Authentication Server Interface",
Transarc Corporation, 12th April 1993
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsps/doc/progint/asrv-ispec.ps (Who's computer is this?)
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsps/doc/progint/asrv-ispec.dvi (Who's computer is this?)
file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afsps/doc/progint/asrv-ispec.ps
file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afsps/doc/progint/asrv-ispec.dvi
file:///afs/watson.ibm.com/projects/agora/papers/afs/asrv-ispec.ps

[19] Edward R Zayas,
"AFS-3 Programmer's Reference: BOS Server Interface",
Transarc Corporation, FS-00-D161, 28th August 1991
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsps/doc/progint/bsrv-spec.ps (Who's computer is this?)
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsps/doc/progint/bsrv-spec.dvi (Who's computer is this?)
file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afsps/doc/progint/bsrv-spec.ps
file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afsps/doc/progint/bsrv-spec.dvi
file:///afs/watson.ibm.com/projects/agora/papers/afs/bsrv-spec.ps

[20] Edward R Zayas,
"AFS-3 Programmer's Reference: File Server/Cache Manager Interface",
Transarc Corporation, FS-00-D162, 20th August 1991
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsps/doc/progint/fscm-ispec.ps (Who's computer is this?)
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsps/doc/progint/fscm-ispec.dvi (Who's computer is this?)
file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afsps/doc/progint/fscm-ispec.ps
file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afsps/doc/progint/fscm-ispec.dvi
file:///afs/watson.ibm.com/projects/agora/papers/afs/fscm-ispec.ps

[21] Edward R Zayas,
"AFS-3 Programmer's Reference:
Specification for the Rx Remote Procedure Call Facility",
Transarc Corporation, FS-00-D164, 28th August 1991
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsps/doc/progint/rx-spec.ps (Who's computer is this?)
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsps/doc/progint/rx-spec.dvi (Who's computer is this?)
file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afsps/doc/progint/rx-spec.ps
file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afsps/doc/progint/rx-spec.dvi
file:///afs/watson.ibm.com/projects/agora/papers/afs/rx-spec.ps

[22] Edward R Zayas,
"AFS-3 Programmer's Reference:
Volume Server/Volume Location Server Interface",
Transarc Corporation, FS-00-D165, 29th August 1991
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsps/doc/progint/vvl-spec.ps (Who's computer is this?)
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsps/doc/progint/vvl-spec.dvi (Who's computer is this?)
file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afsps/doc/progint/vvl-spec.ps
file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afsps/doc/progint/vvl-spec.dvi
file:///afs/watson.ibm.com/projects/agora/papers/afs/vvl-spec.ps

[23] "AFS User Guide",
Transarc Corporation, FS-D200-00.08.3

[24] "AFS Commands Reference Manual",
Transarc Corporation, FS-D200-00.11.3

[25] "AFS Systems Administrators Guide",
Transarc Corporation, FS-D200-00.10.3

[26] Steven M. Bellovin, Michael Merritt
"Limitations of the Kerberos Authentication System",
Computer Communications Review, October 1990, Vol 20 #5, pp. 119-132
ftp://research.att.com/dist/internet_security/kerblimit.usenix.ps (Who's computer is this?)
file:///afs/watson.ibm.com/projects/agora/papers/kerberos/limitations.PS

[27] Jennifer G. Steiner, Clifford Neuman, Jeffrey I. Schiller
"Kerberos: An Authentication Service for Open Network Systems"
ftp://athena-dist.mit.edu/pub/kerberos/doc/usenix.PS (Who's computer is this?)
ftp://athena-dist.mit.edu/pub/kerberos/doc/usenix.txt (Who's computer is this?)

[28] Barry Jaspan
"Kerberos Users' Frequently Asked Questions"
ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/kerberos-faq/user (Who's computer is this?)
http://www.ov.com/misc/krb-faq.html (Who's computer is this?)

[29] P. Honeyman, L.B. Huston, M.T. Stolarchuk
"Hijacking AFS"
ftp://ftp.sage.usenix.org/pub/usenix/winter92/hijacking-afs.ps.Z (Who's computer is this?)
file:///afs/watson.ibm.com/projects/agora/papers/afs/afs_hijacking.ps

[30] R.N. Sidebotham
"Rx: Extended Remote Procedure Call"
Proceedings of the Nationwide File System Workshop
Information Technology Center, Carnegie Mellon University,
(August 1988)

[31] R.N. Sidebotham
"Volumes: The Andrew File System Data Structuring Primitive"
Technical Report CMU-ITC-053, Information Technology Center,
Carnegie Mellon University, (August 1986)

[32] Cohen, David L. "AFS: NFS on steroids",
LAN Technology March 1993 v9 n3 p51(9)
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/doc/faq/NFS_on_steroids (Who's computer is this?)

[33] Marybeth Schultz "AFS Troubleshooting Tools"
Transarc Corporation, January 11 1993, draft document
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsps/doc/trguide/external.afsug.ps (Who's computer is this?)

[34] William Stallings "Kerberos Keeps the Enterprise Secure"
Data Communications, October 1994, Vol 23 No 14 Page 103

[35] DL Mills "Internet Time Synchronization: the Network Time Protocol"
RFC 1129, October 1989
ftp://nic.ddn.mil/rfc/rfc1129.ps (Who's computer is this?)

[36] DL Mills "Network Time Protocol (Version 3)
Specification, Implementation and Analysis"
RFC 1305, March 1992
ftp://nic.ddn.mil/rfc/rfc1305.tar.Z (Who's computer is this?)
ftp://nic.ddn.mil/rfc/rfc1305.txt (Who's computer is this?)

[37] Craig Everhart "Conventions for Names in the Service Directory
in the AFS Distributed File System"
March 1990
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/doc/faq/service-spec.ez.ps (Who's computer is this?)
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/doc/faq/service-spec.ez (Who's computer is this?)
file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/doc/faq/service-spec.ez
file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/doc/faq/service-spec.ez.ps

[38] AFS Programmer's Reference Manual
ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsps/doc/progref/3.0/ (Who's computer is this?)
file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afsps/doc/progref/3.0/

Subject: 7 Change History

1.82 => 1.83 (Mon Aug 15 15:30:00 1994)
added: Subject: 0.06 Change History
added: Subject: 4.06 Where can I find an archive of info-afs@transarc.com?
added: Subject: 4.07 Where can I find an archive of alt.filesystems.afs?
updated: throughout
changed format of references use WWW URL where appropriate
checked references point to existing files
updated: Subject: 0.02 Acknowledgements
added Michael Fagan and Robert Malick

1.83 => 1.84 (Mon Aug 15 15:47:22 1994)
updated: Newsgroups header (fixed typo)

1.84 => 1.85 (Fri Aug 19 10:30:36 1994)
updated: Subject: 1.05.e Single systems image (SSI)
In example, /usr/afsws/etc/pagsh => /usr/afsws/bin/pagsh for AFS 3.3
updated: Subject: 1.07 ...Internet AFS filetree?
added: pi.infn.it mpa-garching.mpg.de pppl.gov meteo.uni-koeln.de
geo.uni-koeln.de utah.edu
removed: jrc.flinders.edu.au

1.85 => 1.86 (Tue Aug 23 17:16:48 1994)
added: Subject: 3.20 How can I list which clients...
updated: Subject: 0.02 Acknowledgements
added Rainer Toebbicke

1.86 => 1.87 (Mon Oct 10 09:30:00 1994)
swapped: 0.05 and 0.06
updated: 1.07 ...Internet AFS filetree?
added: research.ec.org psu.edu
added: [32] and [33] to Bibliography
added: 2.14 If an AFS server crashes,...

1.87 => 1.88 (Mon Oct 10 12:23:00 1994)
added: [34] to Bibliography

1.88 => 1.89 (Thu Oct 13 14:49:21 1994)
updated: 1.06 Which systems is AFS available for?
added: Linux

1.98 => 1.90 (Thu Oct 13 15:07:54 1994)
updated: 2.14 If an AFS server crashes,...

1.90 -> 1.91 (Mon Oct 17 08:31:36 1994)
updated: Table of contents:
moved: Change History out of Preamble to Subject 7
updated: 2.14 If an AFS server crashes,...
updated: 1.06 Which systems is AFS available for?
added: NetBSD
added: 2.15 Can I use AFS on my diskless workstation?
moved: Change History to the end of the file so that a search from
Table of contents will go straight to the Subject and not
match on items in the Change History. Also, latest change
is described at the end of the file.
updated: all URL refs a la minimal-digest-format FAQ
updated: 4.04 Where can I find AFS resources in World Wide Web (WWW)?
added: c) NCSA AFS User Guide
updated: 5.01 How can I get a copy of the AFS faq?
added: reference to latest copy via ftp
added: Anon ftp source reference to first page. (EFAQTOOBIG? :-)

1.91 => 1.92 (Fri Oct 21 12:03:20 1994)
added: 2.16 Can I test for AFS tokens from within my program?
added: 4.08 Where can I find AFS related GIFs?

1.92 => 1.93 (Wed Dec 14 09:22:32 1994)
updated: Subject: 0.02 Acknowledgements
added: David Snearline
updated: Subject: 0.04 Release Notes
added ref to changes at end of file
updated: Subject: 1.01 What is AFS?
added: Transarc homepage URL
updated: Subject: 1.05.g Improved robustness to server crash
updated: Subject: 1.07 What does "ls /afs" display
removed: test.alw.nih.gov
added: afs-math.zib-berlin.de
updated: Subject: 3.03 How does AFS compare with NFS?
added: bit about some NFS implementations having extra security
updated: Subject: 3.12 How can I set up mail delivery...
added: ref to beta test version of auth-sendmail
updated: Subject: 3.17 Which TCP/IP ports...
added: NTP servers URL
updated: Subject: 4.03 Where can I get training in AFS?
added: Transarc Training URL
updated: Subject: 5 About the AFS faq
added: some history

1.93 => 1.94 (Thu Jan 05 14:01:04 1995)
updated: Subject: 5 About the AFS faq
added: RFF (Request For Feedback)

1.94 => 1.95 (Wed Jan 11 08:42:50 1995)
updated: Subject: 0.02 Acknowledgements
added: Mic Bowman
added: Mike Prince
updated: Subject: 1.07
added: cheme.cmu.edu dia.atd.net desy.de ifh.de
mathematik-cip.uni-stuttgart.de umr.edu urz.uni-magdeburg.de
removed: rel-eng.athena.mit.edu nce nce_psc nsf-centers.edu
updated: Subject: 2.14
added: bit about ReadWrite volumes
added: Subject: 3.21 Do Backup volumes...
updated: Subject: 5.01
added: new URL for HTML version of AFS FAQ
updated: Subject: 5.03
added: new URL for HTML version of AFS FAQ

1.95 => 1.96 (Wed Jan 11 16:11:28 1995)
updated: Subject: 5.03
added: new URL for HTML version of AFS FAQ at Transarc

1.96 => 1.97 (Tue Jan 17 15:55:37 GMT 1995)
updated: Subject: 3.12 How can I set up mail delivery...
now <ftp://grand.central.org/pub/afs-contrib/doc/faq/auth-sendmail.tar.Z (Who's computer is this?) >
updated: Subject: 4.08 Where can I find AFS related GIFs?
changed to: /afs/transarc.com/public/www/Product/AFS/FAQ/images
updated: Subject: 5.01 How can I get a copy of the AFS faq?
changed wording.

1.97 => 1.98 (Wed Jan 18 13:29:12 GMT 1995)
updated: Subject: 4.01 Is there an anonymous FTP site with AFS information?
changed: cache-update to cache.update
updated: Subject: 4.04 Where can I find AFS resources in World Wide Web?
added: d) Transarc AFS Product Information
updated: Subject: 1.07 What does "ls /afs" display
removed: nce_ctc
added: wu-wien.ac.at

1.98 => 1.99 (Tue 28 Feb 14:54:53 1995)
added: World Wide Web URL reference to first page
updated: Subject: 1.02 Who supplies AFS?
added: Transarc homepage URL
updated: Subject: 1.06 Which systems is AFS available for?
added: John Kohl and NetBSD mailing list reference
added: Subject: 1.10 How can I access AFS from my PC?
updated: Subject: 2.09 Can I still run cron jobs with AFS?
added: bit about non-authenticated cron jobs
added: Subject: 2.17 What's the difference between /afs/cellname ...
updated: Subject: 3.03 How does AFS compare with NFS?
added: bit about using a RAM based cache and ref to Andrew benchmark
updated: Subject: 3.17 Which TCP/IP ports and protocols ...
added: added NTP doc refs
added: Subject: 3.22 Should I run timed on my AFS client?
updated: Subject: 4.03 Where can I get training in AFS?
new (shorter) Transarc URL
updated: Subject: 4.04 Where can I find AFS resources in (WWW)?
new (shorter) Transarc URL
updated: Subject: 5.01 How can I get a copy of the AFS faq?
new URL http://www.transarc.com/Product/AFS/FAQ/faq.html (Who's computer is this?)
updated: Subject: 5.03 How can I access the AFS faq via the World Wide Web?
ditto 5.01
added: [35] [36] to Bibliography

1.99 => 1.100 (Tue Mar 28 15:31:32 GMT 1995)
updated: Subject: 4.08 Where can I find AFS related GIFs?
new (shorter) URL for GIFs
updated: Subject: 5.01 How can I get a copy of the AFS faq?
re-worded

1.100 => 1.101 (Fri Mar 31 07:38:17 GMT 1995)
updated: Subject: 1.10 How can I access AFS from my PC?
Added bit about SAMBA.

1.101 => 1.102 (Tue Apr 4 13:17:54 BST 1995)
updated: Subject: 0.02 Acknowledgements
added (New Century Systems) to Rens Troost entry
updated: Subject: 1.10 How can I access AFS from my PC?
corrected PCI-Interface URL (pci-faq => pci.faq)

1.102 => 1.103 (Tue May 9 16:09:32 BST 1995)
updated: Subject: 5.01 How can I get a copy of the AFS faq?
Added new CDROM source

1.103 => 1.104 (Wed May 24 08:43:19 BST 1995)
updated: Subject: 1.07 What does "ls /afs" display in the Internet AFS
removed: titech.ac.jp
added: infn.it iway.org hep.net
updated: Subject: 3.10 Is there a way to automatically balance disk usage
added: new version (1.1a) reference
added: new contact name Derrick Bradshear
updated: Subject: 4.04 Where can I find AFS resources in WWW?
added: "CERN AFS User's Guide version 1.0"
updated: Subject: 5.01 How can I get a copy of the AFS faq?
added: bit about downloadable HTML version
added: for CD-ROM source, added both US tollfree and "normal" phone nos.

1.104 => 1.105 (Thu Jun 8 08:45:56 BST 1995)
updated: Subject: 3.17 Which TCP/IP ports and protocols
fixed typo
updated: Subject: 4.04 Where can I find AFS resources in World Wide Web?
new URL for Derrick Brashear's AFS reference page
added: MIT SIPB's Inessential AFS
added: Getting started with AFS (University of Michigan)

1.105 => 1.106 (Fri Jul 21 16:56:42 BST 1995)
throughout: /afs/grand.central.org/pub/afs-contrib changed to
/afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib
updated: Subject: 0.02 Acknowledgements
updated: Dan Lovinger now with Microsoft
added: Anton Knaus (Carnegie Mellon University)
added: Mike Shaddock (SAS Institute Inc.)
updated: Subject: 0.04 Release Notes
changed wording
updated: Subject: 1.07 What does "ls /afs" display in the Internet AFS
removed: hepafs1.hep.net inel.gov pub.nsa.hp.com ucop.edu
added: belwue.uni-tuebingen.de cs.wisc.edu wisc.edu rl.ac.uk asu.edu
isl.ntt.jp jrc.flinders.edu.au ntt.jp rhic sleeper.nsa.hp.com
uni-bonn.de
updated: Subject: 1.08 Why does AFS use Kerberos authentication?
updated URL and added newsgroup URLs
updated: Subject: 2.11 Is it possible to specify a user who is external..
added: example of creating authentication-only account
moved 3.03 to 1.11: Subject: 1.11 How does AFS compare with NFS?
replaced old 3.03 by: Subject: 3.03 What is /afs/@cell?
updated: Subject: 3.09 Can I check my user's passwords ...
changed contact and author details
updated: Subject: 3.10 Is there a way to automatically balance disk usage
changed contact and author details
added: Subject: 3.23 Why should I keep /usr/vice/etc/CellServDB current?
added: Subject: 3.24 How can I keep /usr/vice/etc/CellServDB current?
added: Subject: 4.09 Bibt es eine deutsche AFS Benutzer Gruppe?

1.106 => 1.107 (Wed Aug 30 17:20:08 BST 1995)

added to [37] bibliography

1.107 => 1.108 (Tue Jan 30 16:59:55 GMT 1996)

Throughout:
For the Ohio State U. text to HTML convertor remove "<" ">" from URLs.
AnonFTP site grand.central.org changed to ftp.transarc.com.
Fix (most) broken URLs to the restless Web.
Remove surplus "WWW" strings.
updated: Subject: 0.02 Acknowledgements
added: Pat Wilson and Cristian Espinoza
updated: Subject: 0.05 Quote
new URL to Othello Act 3 Scene 4 (HTML version)
updated: Subject: 1.02 Who supplies AFS?
new URL to Pittsburgh page (HTML version)
Updated: Subject: 1.07 What does "ls /afs" display in the Internet AFS
removed: ctd.ornl.gov ntt.jp
added: bnl.gov dkrz.de fh-heilbronn.de hephy.at zdv.uni-mainz.de
nrel.gov postech.ac.kr le.caspur.it glue.umd.edu
updated: Subject: 1.08 Why does AFS use Kerberos authentication?
new URL to "Using MIT's Kerberos Server with AFS"
added: Subject: 2.18 Can I klog as two users on a machine in the same cell?
updated: Subject: 3.07 How does AFS maintain consistency on read-write
new URLs for DFS and DCE (HTML version)
updated: Subject: 3.09 Can I check my user's passwords
Derrick Brashear email db74+@andrew.cmu.edu => shadow+@andrew.cmu.edu
updated: Subject: 3.10 Is there a way to automatically balance disk usage
Derrick Brashear email db74+@andrew.cmu.edu => shadow+@andrew.cmu.edu
updated: Subject: 3.15 Will AFS run on a multi-homed fileserver?
add text about AFS 3.4 multi-homed fileservers (not database servers)
added: Subject: 3.25 How can I compute a list of AFS fileservers?
added: Subject: 3.26 How can I set up anonymous FTP login to access /afs?
updated: Subject: 4.01 Is there an anonymous FTP site with AFS information?
changed ftom grand.central.org to ftp.transarc.com
added bit about /afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib
updated: Subject: 4.04 Where can I find AFS resources in World Wide Web?
new URL to Derrick Brashear's AFS reference page
added http://www-archive.stanford.edu/lists/info-afs.html (Who's computer is this?)
updated: Subject: 4.09 Bibt es eine deutsche AFS Benutzer Gruppe?
correct "Bibt" to "Gibt"
added: Subject: 4.10 Donde puedo encontrar informacion en Espanol sobre AFS?

1.108 => 1.109 (Wed Feb 14 16:55:42 GMT 1996)

removed: anonymous ftp reference from top (it is in 5.01 anyway)
updated: Subject: 4.01 Is there an anonymous FTP site with AFS information?
new location for AFS Programming Interface documentation
added: [38] to bibliography
updated: [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] new URLs on ftp.transarc.com
added: Subject: 3.27 Where can I find the Andrew Benchmark?
updated: Subject: 1.06 Which systems is AFS available for?
added URL for OS/2 information

1.109 => 1.110 (Fri Mar 8 11:02:36 GMT 1996)

updated: Subject: 0.02 Acknowledgements
added: Mary Ann DelBusso
updated: Subject: 2.09 Can I still run cron jobs with AFS?
new script, afs_wrap_cron, which gets a PAG, token, and execs user command
updated: Subject: 3.17 Which TCP/IP ports and protocols..firewall..
added reference to Lyle Seaman's note to info-afs@transarc.com
updated: Subject: 3.19 Is there a version of HP VUE login with AFS
Kevin Eyre now the contact at HP for AFS authenticating HP-VUE
updated: Subject: 3.25 How can I compute a list of AFS fileservers?
fixed typo: viva Stimpy!

1.110 => 1.111 (Fri 29 Aug 16:12:29 1997)

updated: Subject: 1.06 Which systems is AFS available for?
mentioned "AFS Client for Windows/NT"
new mailing list address for Linux and archive URL
updated: Subject: 4.05 Is there a mailing list for AFS topics?
new mailing list subscription address for info-afs@transarc.com

1.111 => 1.112 (Sat 25 Apr 17:54:00 1998)

updated: AFS FAQ URL
was: http://www.transarc.com/Product/AFS/FAQ/faq.html (Who's computer is this?)
now: ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/doc/faq/faq.html (Who's computer is this?)
Changes in Transarc's website made it necessary to move the AFS FAQ URL
updated: Subject: 0.02 Acknowledgements
added: Michael Niksch
updated: Subject: 1.02 Who supplies AFS?
updated: URL for Pittsburgh (HTML version only)
Updated: Subject: 1.07 What does "ls /afs" display in the Internet AFS
removed: cs.arizona.edu dia.atd.net grand.central.org iway.org
jrc.flinders.edu.au kiewit.dartmouth.edu le.caspur.it
media-lab.mit.edu pegasus.cranfield.ac.uk
rus-cip.uni-stuttgart.de ssc.gov stars.com
stars.reston.unisys.com vfl.paramax.com wisc.edu
added: bp.ncsu.edu cats.ucsc.edu cert.org cipool.uni-stuttgart.de
clarkson.edu cs.rose-hulman.edu csv.ica.uni-stuttgart.de
dapnia.saclay.cea.fr dce.emsl.pnl.gov dce.uni-stuttgart.de
dis.uniroma1.it enea.it engin.umich.edu eos.ncsu.edu
federation.atd.net fl.mcs.anl.gov ike.uni-stuttgart.de
ipp-hgw.mpg.de isk.kth.se jpl.nasa.gov lcp.nrl.navy.mil
le.infn.it lngs.infn.it msrc.pnl.gov msu.edu phy.bnl.gov
rz.uni-jena.de spv.uniroma1.it thermo-a.mw.tu-muenchen.de
tu-bs.de uni-mannheim.de unity.ncsu.edu vn.uniroma3.it
added: Subject: 2.19 What are the ~/.__afsXXXX files?
updated: Subject: 3.17 Which TCP/IP ports...firewall
updated: URL for list of public NTP servers
added: NTP reference web page

N 1.112 => 1.113 (Thu 9 Jul 19:50:10 1998)
N
N updated: main header with new URLs
N updated: Subject: Subject: 0.02 Acknowledgements
N added: Kelly Chambers (Transarc)
N updated: Subject: 1.06 Which systems is AFS available for?
N removed: AFS 3.3 and 3.4 old URL references:
N ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsps/doc/SUPPORTED_SYSTEMS.afs.rel33a (Who's computer is this?)
N ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afsps/doc/SUPPORTED_SYSTEMS.afs.rel34 (Who's computer is this?)
N added new URL:
N http://www.transarc.com/Support/afs/relversions/platforms.html (Who's computer is this?)
N added reference to AFS on Linux FAQ at:
N http://www.umlug.umd.edu/linuxafs/ (Who's computer is this?)
N updated: Subject: 1.07 What does "ls /afs" display in the Internet AFS
N removed: bnl.gov
N added: dsi.uniroma1.it ovpit.indiana.edu vn.uniroma3.it
N updated: Subject: 1.10 How can I access AFS from my PC?
N changed SAMBA URLs:
N http://samba.anu.edu.au/samba/ (Who's computer is this?)
N http://samba.anu.edu.au/samba/docs/faq/sambafaq-1.html#ss1.1 (Who's computer is this?)
N updated: Subject: 3.19 Is there a version of HP VUE login with
N AFS authentication?
N removed: reference to:
N file:///afs/watson.ibm.com/projects/agora/hp/hp-agora/HP-VUElogin/
N changed HP contact from Kevin Eyre <kevin@fc.hp.com>
N to Rajeev Pandey <rpandey@cv.hp.com>
N updated: Subject: 4.04 Where can I find AFS resources in World Wide Web?
N changed:
N http://www.transarc.com/Product/AFS/AFS-Info.html (Who's computer is this?)
N to http://www.transarc.com/dfs/public/www/htdocs/.hosts/external/Product/EFS/AFS/afsoverview.html (Who's computer is this?)
N removed: http://www.css.itd.umich.edu/docs/tutorials/AFS/ (Who's computer is this?)
N added: http://www.umlug.umd.edu/linuxafs/ (Who's computer is this?) AFS Linux FAQ
N updated: Subject: 4.06 Where can I find an archive of info-afs
N removed: file:///afs/ibm.uk/common/archive/info-afs@transarc.com/
N updated: Subject: 4.08 Where can I find AFS related GIFs?
N changed:
N file:///afs/transarc.com/public/www/Product/AFS/FAQ/images/
N to file:///afs/transarc.com/public/afs-contrib/doc/faq/images/
N http://www.transarc.com/Product/AFS/FAQ/images/index.html (Who's computer is this?)
N to ftp://ftp.transarc.com/pub/afs-contrib/doc/faq/images/index.html (Who's computer is this?)
N updated: Subject: 5.01 How can I get a copy of the AFS faq?
N changed http URL from:
N http://www.transarc.com/Product/AFS/FAQ/faq.html (Who's computer is this?)
N to http://www.angelfire.com/hi/plutonic/afs-faq.html (Who's computer is this?)
N removed reference to html.tar.Z and auto email server
N updated: Subject: 5.03 How can I access the AFS faq via the World Wide Web?
N changed http URL from:
N http://www.transarc.com/Product/AFS/FAQ/faq.html (Who's computer is this?)
N to http://www.angelfire.com/hi/plutonic/afs-faq.html (Who's computer is this?)



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