[OpenAFS] afs directory

Rodney M Dyer rmdyer@uncc.edu
Sun, 10 Jul 2005 16:03:59 -0400

At 03:27 PM 7/10/2005, Michael Norwick wrote:
>Well, not quite.  I've had a test cell up and compiled several versions of 
>OpenAFS, my network uses kerberos authentication to ThisCell via 
>krb524.  I just put together another AFS client using 1.3.84 and while 
>testing I was noodling around the various cells and was wondering whether 
>there was any easier way to find the contents of public cells other than 
>ls(ing) their contents.

I'm still unsure about what you are trying to do.  Are you trying to 
catalog every bit of information you can from other cells?  What 
information do you want out of other cells?  It's just a bunch of 
directories and files, just like your local disk.  Enumerating the entire 
contents of a cell that isn't yours is frowned upon by cell admins if you 
haven't been authorized, but it isn't exactly "illegal".  Anything that is 
"open" for you to get to is probably ok since it hasn't been locked down 
with ACL's by the cell admins anyway.  Why would other people cells be of 
any use to you?

>   Being a purist I wanted to find the migration kit via AFS rather than 
> googling around the web.

That certainly isn't the way to go about it.  Trying to find a file in AFS 
by searching through cells is like searching the internet one IP address at 
a time.  Again, AFS cells are just a bunch of directories and files that 
you can mount like NFS, CIFS, SMB, NCP, etc.  There is little to no 
organization below the cell name that is common among cell admins.  It is 
just like looking at files on my hard drive.  You would have no idea of 
where to look, or what file name to look for on my hard drive.

>   Considered a Perl script but I am not sure how many sysadmins I would 
> piss off searching their archives this way (I try to be a good 
> netizen).  So, there it is.

If you want to find out about AFS then use:


Choosing WebIndex gets you:


It isn't like the migration kit is hard to find or anything.  Just googling 
on the keywords "AFS migration kit"  (no quotes) gives me...


Look at the bottom of that page and you will find...


Good luck.