[OpenAFS] Setting the BOS Server's Restart Times

Steven Jenkins steven.jenkins@gmail.com
Mon, 11 Jan 2010 13:58:41 -0500

On Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 1:48 PM, Gary Gatling <gsgatlin@eos.ncsu.edu> wrote:
> Greetings,
> We run several openafs servers at NCSU on Solaris 10 and Red Hat Enterprise
> Linux.
> By default, the servers restart every Sunday morning at 4:00am. This was not
> a problem until we asked another group to take over our backups. They are
> saying that the server restarts are causing problems with the backups
> because of the schedule.
> My boss mentioned that the restart feature was added in transarc 3.2. We are
> running openAFS 1.4.11.
> Is the restart still needed? If we don't have a restart will we see memory
> leaks? Do other organizations have experience with turning the restart off?
> Did it hurt anything having it turned off? Anyone doing longer restarts by
> using crons to kick off the restarts like once per month instead of once per
> week in the BosConfig file? Would doing that be a bad idea?

Automatic restarts are not normally needed -- I know of many sites
that turned off weekly restarts years (e.g., 10+) ago.

I don't know of anyone using bos cron jobs to kick off restarts once
per month, but that's certainly doable and not a bad idea.  Also, even
longer gaps between restarts is common (e.g., on the order of once or
twice per year).

Steven Jenkins