[OpenAFS] AFS evaluation

Derrick Brashear shadow@gmail.com
Fri, 14 May 2010 17:30:15 -0400

On Fri, May 14, 2010 at 5:20 PM, Rick Cochran <rcc2@cornell.edu> wrote:
> I was a very happy AFS admin until changing jobs about 13 years ago. =A0N=
ow, I
> have been asked to evaluate AFS as a possible solution to our need for
> central filesystem functionality at Cornell. =A0Here are my experiences s=
> far. =A0Comments and suggestions are welcome.
> -Rick
> Documentation issues (setting up server functionality):
> Should mention krb.conf:
> http://docs.openafs.org/QuickStartUnix/ch02s14.html
> Should mention /usr/vice/etc/krb.conf:
> http://docs.openafs.org/Reference/5/krb.conf.html

no. /usr/afs/etc/krb.conf, maybe. but there's no such thing as
/usr/vice/etc/krb.conf. nothing uses it.

> "asetkey" command is missing "add":
> http://docs.openafs.org/QuickStartUnix/ch02s14.html

already fixed in the source tree, we just need to re-export.

> There are no useful descriptions of the AFSDB and SRV record techniques i=
> either the "QuickStart" or "Reference" documentation.

SRV doesn't work with 1.4.x clients yet, for what that's worth.

> -----------------------
> Client issues
> Windows client
> =A0 =A0* Windows 7 client (1.5.74) has authentication issues


> =A0 =A0* Windows 7 client (1.5.74) running in a NATed VirtualBox instance=
> map a drive letter to "\\AFS".
> =A0 =A0* Windows 7 client (1.5.7401) running in a NATed VirtualBox instan=
> cannot access any cell other than openafs.org.
> =A0 =A0* Windows 7 client works OK in 32-bit "bridged" VirtualBox instanc=
> -----------------------
> MacOS client (both 1.4.12 and 1.5.73)
> =A0 =A0* There is no uninstaller.

there's one in the dmg, and has been since about 1.4.6

> =A0 =A0* If the installation requires a restart (which it says it does),

it doesn't require one. recent installers should also not say it does.

> Kernel panic
> To reproduce:
> =A0 1. In the System Preferences OpenAfs panel, click Shutdown. =A0Nothin=
> happens.
> =A0 2. Any additional action (click Shutdown again or restart MacOS) caus=
es a
> panic.

fixed in 1.5.74. you want  that or anyway. not 1.5.73, to be sure.

Many more details on the mac client here: