[OpenAFS] mmap issue?
Eric Chris Garrison
Fri, 23 Mar 2012 14:52:25 -0400
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I've had a complaint from one of our users. He says:
"I just had afs do a very very nasty thing to me. I ran a program on
a data file and for some unknown reason the file was totally corrupted
after running this program. I can absolutely certify that the problem
is not the program itself because I ran exactly the same program on a
local disk and it did what I was asking it to do without corrupting the
I suspect strongly this problem is created by memory mapping of the file
which I think this program is implicitly using. The actual thing I was
running was a perl script, but it was calling programs I am pretty sure
do memory mapping for io speed."
I asked him for details, and he is using code that uses this:
"I was running a program in the "Antelope" package sold by brtt.com.
The particular program is a perl script called dbfix_calib. However, the
offender is almost certainly this line
system( "dbjoin $dbname.$table calibration | dbset -v - $table.calib
'calib == NULL' calibration.calib" );"
He is running OpenAFS 1.5.77 for MacOS 10.6.8, and our servers are at
I've searched for this, and it appears mmap operations used to be a
problem. At what version of OpenAFS (server and client) should we be at
for this to not be a problem?
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