[OpenAFS] AFS share not writable

Jeffrey Altman jaltman@your-file-system.com
Tue, 28 Jun 2011 09:23:23 -0400

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On 6/28/2011 8:15 AM, Michael Richter wrote:
>> Do not use Global Drives mounting, it is buggy and does not work.
> We noticed that AFS remembers the submounts but does not show them. So
> we have to take a new one everytime. But this is actually the only way
> to get full write access to his afs drive.

=46rom the OpenAFS for Windows Release Notes:

"3.41. Global Drives (aka Service Drive Letters) are no longer supported
by Microsoft
The Global DriveAuto-mount feature has been deprecated due to the
following Microsoft KB article.


"The article says that services mounting drive letters are no longer
supported by Microsoft and may act unpredictably. The experience other
users have had is that if the connection to the OpenAFS CIFS/SMB server
is terminated by the Windows CIFS client, the drive mapping may not be
re-established until the machine is rebooted.

"OpenAFS supports UNC paths and whenever possible applications should be
modified to use UNC form \\AFS\<cellname>\<path> instead of drive letters=

"Another problem with service mounted drive letters is that the drives
are reported as local disk devices and cannot be resolved as being
mapped to the \\AFS name space. As a result, AFS path ioctl operations
will fail. The fs.exe and symlink.exe command line tools and the AFS
Explorer Shell extension will not operate on service mounted drive letter=

In addition, this functionality is going to be removed in 1.7 because
the native AFS redirector cannot support it; there are no SMB submounts.

Since things work properly on other machines.  Perhaps you should focus
your attention on determining what is different between this machine and
the others.  The SysInternals tool set should come in quite handy as
will the "fs trace" functionality of the OpenAFS cache manager, and

Jeffrey Altman

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