[OpenAFS-announce] Second OpenAFS 1.6.8 release candidate available

Stephan Wiesand openafs-info@openafs.org
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:01:44 +0200

The OpenAFS 1.6 Release Team announces that the second 1.6.8 release =
1.6.8pre2 has been tagged in the OpenAFS source repository, available =


as tag: openafs-stable-1_6_8pre2 .

Source files can be accessed via the web at:


or via AFS at:

  UNIX: /afs/grand.central.org/software/openafs/candidate/1.6.8pre2/
  UNC: \\afs\grand.central.org\software\openafs\candidate\1.6.8pre2\

Solaris binaries are already available, thanks to Andrew Deason.
Binaries for other platforms will be uploaded as they're built.

Please take note of the following significant changes in 1.6.8:

* The default fileserver sync behavior changes from "delayed" to
  "onclose". This means that explicit syncing only happens when a
  volume is detached. This was the recommended option in previous
  stable releases, and it's believed to improve data integrity.

* When a client is shut down, it will give up its callbacks. The Windows
  client has been doing this since 2007. Note that older fileservers
  (1.3.50 to 1.4.5 and 1.5.0 to 1.5.27) had a bug in the implementation =
  the relevant RPC that could cause crashes or other undefined behavior
  when this happens.

For the list of all user visible changes foreseen for 1.6.8, please see


The only changes in this release candidate since pre1 are the security
and DoS fixes from 1.6.7 and a FreeBSD specific build fix.

This is likely to be the final candidate. Further changes before the
1.6.8 release are only foreseen if new problems are found during pre2

Please assist us by deploying this prerelease and providing positive or
negative feedback. Bug reports should be filed to =
openafs-bugs@openafs.org .
Reports of success should be sent to openafs-info@openafs.org .

1.6 releases are no longer targeting MS Windows.

Stephan Wiesand, 1.6 Branch Release Manager
for the OpenAFS Release Team