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       vos_release - Updates read-only volumes to match the read/write source volume


       vos release -id <volume name or ID>
           [-force] [-force-reclone]
           [-cell <cell name>]
           [-noauth] [-localauth]
           [-verbose] [-encrypt] [-noresolve]
           [-config <config directory>]

       vos rel -i <volume name or ID>
           [-force] [-force-r]
           [-c <cell name>]
           [-noa] [-l] [-v] [-e] [-nor]
           [-co <config directory>]


       The vos release command copies the contents of the indicated read/write source volume to
       each read-only site defined in the source volume's Volume Location Database (VLDB) entry.
       (Use the vos addsite command to define sites as necessary before issuing this command).
       Each read-only copy has the same name as read/write source with the addition of a
       ".readonly" extension.

       For users to have a consistent view of the file system, the release of the new volume
       version must be atomic: either all read-only sites receive the new version, or all sites
       keep the version they currently have. The vos release command is designed to ensure that
       all copies of the volume's read-only version match both the read/write source and each
       other. In cases where problems such as machine or server process outages prevent
       successful completion of the release operation, AFS uses two mechanisms to alert the

       First, the command interpreter generates an error message on the standard error stream
       naming each read-only site that did not receive the new volume version. Second, during the
       release operation the Volume Location (VL) Server marks site definitions in the VLDB entry
       with flags ("New release" and "Old release") that indicate whether or not the site has the
       new volume version. If any flags remain after the operation completes, it was not
       successful. The Cache Manager refuses to access a read-only site marked with the "Old
       release" flag, which potentially imposes a greater load on the sites marked with the "New
       release" flag. It is important to investigate and eliminate the cause of the failure and
       then to issue the vos release command as many times as necessary to complete the release
       without errors.

       The pattern of site flags remaining in the volume's VLDB entry after a failed release
       operation can help determine the point at which the operation failed. Use the vos examine
       or vos listvldb command to display the VLDB entry. The VL Server sets the flags in concert
       with the Volume Server's operations, as follows:

       ·   Before the operation begins, the VL Server sets the "New release" flag on the
           read/write site definition in the VLDB entry and the "Old release" flag on read-only
           site definitions (unless the read-only site has been defined since the last release
           operation and has no actual volume, in which case its site flag remains "Not

       ·   If necessary, the Volume Server creates a temporary copy (a clone) of the read/write
           source called the ReleaseClone (see the following discussion of when the Volume Server
           does or does not create a new ReleaseClone.) It assigns the ReleaseClone its own
           volume ID number, which the VL Server records in the "RClone" field of the source
           volume's VLDB entry.

       ·   The Volume Server distributes a copy of the ReleaseClone to each read-only site
           defined in the VLDB entry. As the site successfully receives the new clone, the VL
           Server sets the site's flag in the VLDB entry to "New release".

       ·   When all the read-only copies are successfully released, the VL Server clears all the
           "New release" site flags. The ReleaseClone is no longer needed, so the Volume Server
           deletes it and the VL Server erases its ID from the VLDB entry.

       By default, the Volume Server determines automatically whether or not it needs to create a
       new ReleaseClone:

       ·   If there are no flags ("New release", "Old release", or "Not released") on site
           definitions in the VLDB entry, the previous vos release command completed successfully
           and all read-only sites currently have the same volume. The Volume Server infers that
           the current vos release command was issued because the read/write volume has changed.
           The Volume Server creates a new ReleaseClone volume and distributes a copy of the
           clone volume to all the read-only sites.  In order to reduce the amount of data
           transferred during a release, the Volume Server sends incremental changes to remote
           sites during the release.  The Volume Server only sends files and directories which
           have been changed in the read/write volume since the previous release.

       ·   If any site definition in the VLDB entry is marked with a flag, either the previous
           release operation did not complete successfully or a new read-only site was defined
           since the last release. The Volume Server does not create a new ReleaseClone, instead
           distributing the entire existing ReleaseClone to sites marked with the "Old release"
           or "Not released" flag. As previously noted, the VL Server marks each VLDB site
           definition with the "New release" flag as the site receives the ReleaseClone, and
           clears all flags after all sites successfully receive it.

       To override the default behavior, forcing the Volume Server to create and release a new
       ReleaseClone to the read-only sites, include the -force flag. This is appropriate if, for
       example, the data at the read/write site has changed since the existing ReleaseClone was
       created during the previous release operation.

       The -force-reclone will force the creation of a new release clone volume, but will not
       force a full volume dump to be distributed to the remote sites.  Instead, incremental
       changes will be distributed when possible.


       -id <volume name or id>
           Specifies either the complete name or volume ID number of a read/write volume.

           Creates a new ReleaseClone and distributes the entire clone volume to all read-only
           sites, regardless of the "New release", "Old release", or "Not released" site flags.

           Creates a new ReleaseClone and incrementally distributes the clone volume to all read-
           only sites, regardless of the "New release", "Old release", or "Not released" site

       -cell <cell name>
           Names the cell in which to run the command. Do not combine this argument with the
           -localauth flag. For more details, see vos(1).

           Assigns the unprivileged identity "anonymous" to the issuer. Do not combine this flag
           with the -localauth flag. For more details, see vos(1).

           Constructs a server ticket using a key from the local /etc/openafs/server/KeyFile
           file. The vos command interpreter presents it to the Volume Server and Volume Location
           Server during mutual authentication. Do not combine this flag with the -cell argument
           or -noauth flag. For more details, see vos(1).

           Produces on the standard output stream a detailed trace of the command's execution. If
           this argument is omitted, only warnings and error messages appear.

           Encrypts the command so that the operation's results are not transmitted across the
           network in clear text. This option is available in OpenAFS versions 1.4.11 or later
           and 1.5.60 or later.

           Shows all servers as IP addresses instead of the DNS name. This is very useful when
           the server address is registered as or when dealing with multi-homed
           servers. This option is available in OpenAFS versions 1.4.8 or later and 1.5.35 or

       -config <configuration directory>
           Set the location of the configuration directory to be used. This defaults to
           /etc/openafs, except if -localauth is specified, in which case the default is
           /etc/openafs/server. This option allows the use of alternative configuration locations
           for testing purposes.

           Prints the online help for this command. All other valid options are ignored.


       The following command clones the read/write volume usr and releases it to the read-only
       sites defined in its VLDB entry.

          % vos release usr


       The issuer must be listed in the /etc/openafs/server/UserList file on the machine
       specified with the -server argument and on each database server machine. If the -localauth
       flag is included, the issuer must instead be logged on to a server machine as the local
       superuser "root".


       vos(1), vos_addsite(1), vos_examine(1), vos_listvldb(1)


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