[OpenAFS] Running a local openafs fileserver without kerberos.

Russ Allbery rra@stanford.edu
Mon, 16 Feb 2009 11:31:10 -0800

William McCabe <wlm020279@yahoo.com> writes:

> I would like to run an openafs fileserver on my laptop while it is
> disconnected. How can I do this with the least amount of overhead?
> Ideally, it would function in the following way. While disconnected from
> the internet I could login to my laptop and use my home directory on an
> openafs volume. When I reconnect it would start sharing out files to the
> rest of the openafs cell and I would need tokens to access my home
> directory.
> Is this possible? Also is there any software out there that can read and
> write an openafs volume without having install a full fledged openafs
> fileserver?

I think that rather than running a file server on your laptop, you want
disconnected mode, which lets you continue to access and use your files
while disconnected from the network and then push those changes back once
you reconnect.  It's implemented in the cache manager rather than in the
file server.

Disconnected mode is currently still under development and has some bugs,
but it's at the point where I believe it's usable if you're willing to put
up with it not always working.  It's only available in the 1.5 releases,
not in the stable 1.4 releases.

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