[OpenAFS] Run file server without client?

Russ Allbery rra@stanford.edu
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:17:22 -0700

Steve Simmons <scs@umich.edu> writes:

> Without meaning to insult the average system administrator, installing
> AFS client on the servers is a recipe for creeping disaster. It works
> fine for a year, then a new guy takes over who doesn't really understand
> AFS, and that person adds more AFS dependencies, lather, rinse, repeat.
> One day he reboots the file servers and they don't come up.

We've never had any problem with this, but I think one of the reasons why
is that we're absolutely religious about deploying everything on our
servers using distribution packages.  We make them ourselves if we have
to.  It's hard to introduce dependencies when you go through a proper
packaging process, and nearly impossible when you use package checking
tools to double-check.

Russ Allbery (rra@stanford.edu)             <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>