[OpenAFS] Re: [OpenAFS-port-darwin] OpenAFS does not work under Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

Derrick Brashear shadow@gmail.com
Mon, 9 Nov 2009 09:54:15 -0500

If the timeout interval on UDP port mappings on your home NAT router
is too aggressive, you can get into a situation where the workload
Finder puts on AFS simply doesn't finish due to the timing of it. We
don't have a more creative answer yet.

On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM, Florian Kruse <off@flokru.org> wrote:
> Hi!
> I've just installed OpenAFS 1.4.11 under Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) on my
> MacBook Pro to access files in my CERN home directory (cell cern.ch). The
> installation procedure seems to have worked: With an active Kerberos ticket
> I can do aklog and access my files on the terminal (cd, ls, touch and other
> terminal commands like vi work).
> However, accessing the files via the Finder does *not* work. Opening /afs or
> other directories in the Finder just does not show any files. Instead the
> corresponding Finder window is busy all the time (spinning wheel in lower
> right corner). After several hours of waiting no files show up.
> Trying to find a solution I stumbled upon this:
> http://www.openafs.org/pipermail/openafs-info/2009-March/030962.html
> However, my situation is slightly different: The files do not show up at
> all. Even trying to open a directory with only a few files and no
> subdirectories doesn't work. Odd thing here: If I try to open a directory
> via Cmd-Shift-G in the Finder it can check if the directory actually exists
> (entering a non-existing path there returns a "folder can't be found",
> entering a valid path eventually closes the Goto window and brings an empty
> and busy Finder window).
> If I try to open files in other Mac OS applications (i.e. native Mac OS GUI
> apps) this doesn't work as well (obviously open/save dialogs use the same
> mechanisms as the Finder). However, if I launch an Application from the
> Terminal (e.g. launch Xcode from there with a .cpp file as argument), the
> file can be opened normally. Saving afterwards (via Cmd-S and therefore
> avoiding save dialogs) takes approx. 10 seconds but eventually works.
> Because DNS servers were the problem in the above mentioned thread, I'm was
> testing this at home (see update below). My MacBook is behind a small DSL
> Router (AVM Fritz!Box). I never had any DNS problems (quite the contrary,
> DNS is normally very fast). Disabling icon previews in the Finder didn't
> help as well.
> Does anyone experience similar difficulties or --even better-- has an
> explanation/fix for my problem?
> Thanks in advance! Greetings,
> Florian
> P.S. Update: Today, I tested this with the same MacBook from my university
> office. Here I have a unique IP address and "real" Internet connection.
> Suddenly everything works fine. Probably the problem will not vanish when I
> get home. I assume, using AFS behind a small DSL router with the Finder
> makes some problems. But why?
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