[OpenAFS] CellServDB file update...

Derrick J Brashear shadow@dementia.org
Mon, 15 May 2006 22:57:27 -0400 (EDT)

On Mon, 15 May 2006, Rodney M Dyer wrote:

> The AFS administration reference...
> http://www.openafs.org/pages/doc/AdminReference/auarf020.htm
> ...makes clear that CellServDB files should never be updated by editing them 
> with a text editor or I assume by the same token (no pun) simply copying new 
> ones into place.  The reference gives absolutely no indication of why or what 
> the consequences are.

The CellServDB police will come by and break your kneecaps.

> Without performing a BOS restart, we've recently had the experience that 
> copying a new CellServDB file over an existing one on a file server causes 
> the file server volumes to become inaccessable.  This happened on our Solaris 
> clients as well as our XP clients.  Our XP clients started returning the 
> error SEC_E_NO_KERB_KEY.

Yup. There was a bug. It should have been fixed, but a deadlock was 
introduced (by me) in the afsconf package when CellServDB is reread. 
Broken 1.2.4 or so, fixed 1.2.11 or so, iirc.

It will be reread during normal operation.