[OpenAFS] Dots in path

Hugo Monteiro hugo.monteiro@fct.unl.pt
Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:49:44 +0100

Hello all,

We have deployed OpenAFS some weeks ago. Cell is composed of two servers 
and the majority of our clients are windows 7.
We have configured things to allow dotted usernames do we could have 
john.doe style usernames, among others.

Our user volumes are deployed like


A few days ago a user complained it could not access his volume. His 
username is like "a.user" and so his volume mountpoint was


We were afraid that windows was refusing to cooperate with directories 
named like "a." and so, we defined that in those cases the parent dir 
for the volumes would be like "a.u".

I removed the mount point, created a new one, but still the user can't 
access his volume. Windows keeps complaining about not being able to 
access the volume, because it's not available.

This is a windows only matter and has nothing to do with ACLs since the 
user can access the volume just fine when using a linux client.

Stanger part is that in the case of a "john.doe" user, mount point is 
/afs/cellname/user/j/jo/jonh.doe and everything works just fine.

Please advise,

Hugo Monteiro.

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