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NAME

       CellServDB - Lists the database server machines in AFS cells

DESCRIPTION

       There are two versions of the CellServDB file, both of which have the
       same format.  One version is used by an AFS client and lists all of the
       database server machines in the local cell and any foreign cell that is
       to be accessible from the local client machine.  The other version is
       used on servers and lists only the database servers in the local cell.

       Client CellServDB

       The client version of the CellServDB file lists the database server
       machines in the local cell and any foreign cell that is to be
       accessible from the local client machine. Database server machines run
       the Authentication Server, Backup Server, Protection Server, and Volume
       Location (VL) Server (the kaserver, buserver, ptserver, and vlserver)
       processes, which maintain the cell’s administrative AFS databases.

       The Cache Manager and other processes running on a client machine use
       the list of a cell’s database server machines when performing several
       common functions, including:

       ·   Fetching files. The Cache Manager contacts the VL Server to learn
           the location of the volume containing a requested file or
           directory.

       ·   Authenticating users. Client-side authentication programs (such as
           an AFS-modified login utility or the klog command interpreter)
           contact the Authentication Server to obtain a server ticket, which
           the AFS server processes accept as proof that the user is
           authenticated.

       ·   Creating protection groups. The pts command interpreter contacts
           the Protection Server when users create protection groups or
           request information from the Protection Database.

       The Cache Manager reads the CellServDB file into kernel memory as it
       initializes, and not again until the machine next reboots. To enable
       users on the local machine to continue accessing the cell correctly,
       update the file whenever a database server machine is added to or
       removed from a cell. To update the kernel-resident list of database
       server machines without rebooting, use the fs newcell command.

       The CellServDB file is in ASCII format and must reside in the
       /etc/openafs directory on each AFS client machine. Use a text editor to
       create and maintain it.

       The client version of the CellServDB file is distinct from the server
       version, which resides in the /etc/openafs/server directory on each AFS
       server machine. The client version lists the database server machines
       in every AFS cell that the cell administrator wants the machine’s users
       to be able to access, whereas the server version lists only the local
       cell’s database server machines.

       Server CellServDB

       The server version of the CellServDB file lists the local cell’s
       database server machines. These machines run the Authentication Server,
       Backup Server, Protection Server, and Volume Location (VL) Server (the
       kaserver, buserver, ptserver, and vlserver) processes, which maintain
       the cell’s administrative AFS databases. The initial version of the
       file is created with the bos setcellname command during the
       installation of the cell’s server machine, which is automatically
       recorded as the cell’s first database server machine. When adding or
       removing database server machines, be sure to update this file
       appropriately. It must reside in the /etc/openafs/server directory on
       each AFS server machine.

       The database server processes consult the CellServDB file to learn
       about their peers, with which they must maintain constant connections
       in order to coordinate replication of changes across the multiple
       copies of each database. The other AFS server processes consult the
       file to learn which machines to contact for information from the
       databases when they need it.

       Although the server CellServDB file is in ASCII format, do not use a
       text editor to alter it. Instead always use the appropriate commands
       from the bos command suite:

       ·   The bos addhost command to add a machine to the file.

       ·   The bos listhosts command to display the list of machines from the
           file.

       ·   The bos removehost command to remove a machine from the file.

       In cells that use the Update Server to distribute the contents of the
       /etc/openafs/server directory, it is customary to edit only the copy of
       the file stored on the system control machine. Otherwise, edit the file
       on each server machine individually. For instructions on adding and
       removing database server machine, see the IBM AFS Quick Beginnings
       chapter on installing additional server machines.

       CellServDB Format

       Both CellServDB files have the same format:

       ·   The first line begins at the left margin with the greater-than
           character (">"), followed immediately by the cell’s name without an
           intervening space. Optionally, a comment can follow any number of
           spaces and a number sign ("#"), perhaps to identify the
           organization associated with the cell.

       ·   Each subsequent line in the entry identifies one of the cell’s
           database server machines, with the indicated information in order:

           ·   The database server machine’s IP address in dotted-decimal
               format.

           ·   One or more spaces.

           ·   A number sign (#), followed by the machine’s fully qualified
               hostname without an intervening space. This number sign does
               not indicate that the hostname is a comment. It is a required
               field.

       No extra blank lines or newline characters are allowed in the file,
       even after the last entry. Their presence can prevent the Cache Manager
       from reading the file into kernel memory, resulting in an error
       message.

       grand.central.org maintains a list of the database server machines in
       all cells that have registered themselves as receptive to access from
       foreign cells. When a cell’s administrators change its database server
       machines, it is customary to register the change with grand.central.org
       for inclusion in this file. The file conforms to the required
       CellServDB format, and so is a suitable basis for the CellServDB file
       on a client machine.  You can download this file from
       <http://grand.central.org/>.

EXAMPLES

       The following example shows entries for two cells in a client
       CellServDB file and illustrates the required format.

          >abc.com        # ABC Corporation
          192.12.105.2         #db1.abc.com
          192.12.105.3         #db2.abc.com
          192.12.107.3         #db3.abc.com
          >test.abc.com   # ABC Corporation Test Cell
          192.12.108.57        #testdb1.abc.com
          192.12.108.55        #testdb2.abc.com

SEE ALSO

       bos_addhost(8), bos_listhosts(8), bos_removehost(8),
       bos_setcellname(8), buserver(8), fs_newcell(1), kaserver(8), klog(1),
       ptserver(8), vlserver(8), upclient(8), upserver(8)

       IBM AFS Quick Beginnings

COPYRIGHT

       IBM Corporation 2000. <http://www.ibm.com/> All Rights Reserved.

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