|author||David Howells <firstname.lastname@example.org>||2007-04-26 15:57:43 -0700|
|committer||David S. Miller <email@example.com>||2007-04-26 15:57:43 -0700|
[AFS]: Update the AFS fs documentation.
Update the AFS fs documentation. Signed-off-by: David Howells <firstname.lastname@example.org> Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <email@example.com>
Diffstat (limited to 'Documentation')
1 files changed, 154 insertions, 60 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/filesystems/afs.txt b/Documentation/filesystems/afs.txt
index 2f4237dfb8c7..12ad6c7f4e50 100644
@@ -1,31 +1,82 @@
kAFS: AFS FILESYSTEM
+ - Overview.
+ - Usage.
+ - Mountpoints.
+ - Proc filesystem.
+ - The cell database.
+ - Security.
+ - Examples.
-This filesystem provides a fairly simple AFS filesystem driver. It is under
-development and only provides very basic facilities. It does not yet support
-the following AFS features:
+This filesystem provides a fairly simple secure AFS filesystem driver. It is
+under development and does not yet provide the full feature set. The features
+it does support include:
- (*) Write support.
- (*) Communications security.
- (*) Local caching.
- (*) pioctl() system call.
- (*) Automatic mounting of embedded mountpoints.
+ (*) Security (currently only AFS kaserver and KerberosIV tickets).
+ (*) File reading.
+ (*) Automounting.
+It does not yet support the following AFS features:
+ (*) Write support.
+ (*) Local caching.
+ (*) pioctl() system call.
+The filesystem should be enabled by turning on the kernel configuration
+ CONFIG_AF_RXRPC - The RxRPC protocol transport
+ CONFIG_RXKAD - The RxRPC Kerberos security handler
+ CONFIG_AFS - The AFS filesystem
+Additionally, the following can be turned on to aid debugging:
+ CONFIG_AF_RXRPC_DEBUG - Permit AF_RXRPC debugging to be enabled
+ CONFIG_AFS_DEBUG - Permit AFS debugging to be enabled
+They permit the debugging messages to be turned on dynamically by manipulating
+the masks in the following files:
When inserting the driver modules the root cell must be specified along with a
list of volume location server IP addresses:
- insmod rxrpc.o
+ insmod af_rxrpc.o
+ insmod rxkad.o
insmod kafs.o rootcell=cambridge.redhat.com:172.16.18.73:172.16.18.91
-The first module is a driver for the RxRPC remote operation protocol, and the
-second is the actual filesystem driver for the AFS filesystem.
+The first module is the AF_RXRPC network protocol driver. This provides the
+RxRPC remote operation protocol and may also be accessed from userspace. See:
+The second module is the kerberos RxRPC security driver, and the third module
+is the actual filesystem driver for the AFS filesystem.
Once the module has been loaded, more modules can be added by the following
@@ -33,7 +84,7 @@ procedure:
echo add grand.central.org 184.108.40.206:220.127.116.11 >/proc/fs/afs/cells
Where the parameters to the "add" command are the name of a cell and a list of
-volume location servers within that cell.
+volume location servers within that cell, with the latter separated by colons.
Filesystems can be mounted anywhere by commands similar to the following:
@@ -42,11 +93,6 @@ Filesystems can be mounted anywhere by commands similar to the following:
mount -t afs "#root.afs." /afs
mount -t afs "#root.cell." /afs/cambridge
- NB: When using this on Linux 2.4, the mount command has to be different,
- since the filesystem doesn't have access to the device name argument:
- mount -t afs none /afs -ovol="#root.afs."
Where the initial character is either a hash or a percent symbol depending on
whether you definitely want a R/W volume (hash) or whether you'd prefer a R/O
volume, but are willing to use a R/W volume instead (percent).
@@ -60,55 +106,66 @@ named volume will be looked up in the cell specified during insmod.
Additional cells can be added through /proc (see later section).
-AFS has a concept of mountpoints. These are specially formatted symbolic links
-(of the same form as the "device name" passed to mount). kAFS presents these
-to the user as directories that have special properties:
+AFS has a concept of mountpoints. In AFS terms, these are specially formatted
+symbolic links (of the same form as the "device name" passed to mount). kAFS
+presents these to the user as directories that have a follow-link capability
+(ie: symbolic link semantics). If anyone attempts to access them, they will
+automatically cause the target volume to be mounted (if possible) on that site.
- (*) They cannot be listed. Running a program like "ls" on them will incur an
- EREMOTE error (Object is remote).
+Automatically mounted filesystems will be automatically unmounted approximately
+twenty minutes after they were last used. Alternatively they can be unmounted
+directly with the umount() system call.
- (*) Other objects can't be looked up inside of them. This also incurs an
- EREMOTE error.
+Manually unmounting an AFS volume will cause any idle submounts upon it to be
+culled first. If all are culled, then the requested volume will also be
+unmounted, otherwise error EBUSY will be returned.
- (*) They can be queried with the readlink() system call, which will return
- the name of the mountpoint to which they point. The "readlink" program
- will also work.
+This can be used by the administrator to attempt to unmount the whole AFS tree
+mounted on /afs in one go by doing:
- (*) They can be mounted on (which symbolic links can't).
+ umount /afs
-The rxrpc module creates a number of files in various places in the /proc
- (*) Firstly, some information files are made available in a directory called
- "/proc/net/rxrpc/". These list the extant transport endpoint, peer,
- connection and call records.
- (*) Secondly, some control files are made available in a directory called
- "/proc/sys/rxrpc/". Currently, all these files can be used for is to
- turn on various levels of tracing.
The AFS modules creates a "/proc/fs/afs/" directory and populates it:
- (*) A "cells" file that lists cells currently known to the afs module.
+ (*) A "cells" file that lists cells currently known to the afs module and
+ their usage counts:
+ [root@andromeda ~]# cat /proc/fs/afs/cells
+ USE NAME
+ 3 cambridge.redhat.com
(*) A directory per cell that contains files that list volume location
servers, volumes, and active servers known within that cell.
+ [root@andromeda ~]# cat /proc/fs/afs/cambridge.redhat.com/servers
+ USE ADDR STATE
+ 4 172.16.18.91 0
+ [root@andromeda ~]# cat /proc/fs/afs/cambridge.redhat.com/vlservers
+ [root@andromeda ~]# cat /proc/fs/afs/cambridge.redhat.com/volumes
+ USE STT VLID VLID VLID NAME
+ 1 Val 20000000 20000001 20000002 root.afs
THE CELL DATABASE
-The filesystem maintains an internal database of all the cells it knows and
-the IP addresses of the volume location servers for those cells. The cell to
-which the computer belongs is added to the database when insmod is performed
-by the "rootcell=" argument.
+The filesystem maintains an internal database of all the cells it knows and the
+IP addresses of the volume location servers for those cells. The cell to which
+the system belongs is added to the database when insmod is performed by the
+"rootcell=" argument or, if compiled in, using a "kafs.rootcell=" argument on
+the kernel command line.
Further cells can be added by commands similar to the following:
@@ -118,20 +175,65 @@ Further cells can be added by commands similar to the following:
No other cell database operations are available at this time.
+Secure operations are initiated by acquiring a key using the klog program. A
+very primitive klog program is available at:
+This should be compiled by:
+ make klog LDLIBS="-lcrypto -lcrypt -lkrb4 -lkeyutils"
+And then run as:
+Assuming it's successful, this adds a key of type RxRPC, named for the service
+and cell, eg: "afs@<cellname>". This can be viewed with the keyctl program or
+by cat'ing /proc/keys:
+ [root@andromeda ~]# keyctl show
+ Session Keyring
+ -3 --alswrv 0 0 keyring: _ses.3268
+ 2 --alswrv 0 0 \_ keyring: _uid.0
+ 111416553 --als--v 0 0 \_ rxrpc: afs@CAMBRIDGE.REDHAT.COM
+Currently the username, realm, password and proposed ticket lifetime are
+compiled in to the program.
+It is not required to acquire a key before using AFS facilities, but if one is
+not acquired then all operations will be governed by the anonymous user parts
+of the ACLs.
+If a key is acquired, then all AFS operations, including mounts and automounts,
+made by a possessor of that key will be secured with that key.
+If a file is opened with a particular key and then the file descriptor is
+passed to a process that doesn't have that key (perhaps over an AF_UNIX
+socket), then the operations on the file will be made with key that was used to
+open the file.
-Here's what I use to test this. Some of the names and IP addresses are local
-to my internal DNS. My "root.afs" partition has a mount point within it for
+Here's what I use to test this. Some of the names and IP addresses are local
+to my internal DNS. My "root.afs" partition has a mount point within it for
some public volumes volumes.
-insmod -S /tmp/rxrpc.o
-insmod -S /tmp/kafs.o rootcell=cambridge.redhat.com:172.16.18.73:172.16.18.91
+insmod /tmp/kafs.o rootcell=cambridge.redhat.com:172.16.18.91
mount -t afs \%root.afs. /afs
mount -t afs \%cambridge.redhat.com:root.cell. /afs/cambridge.redhat.com/
-echo add grand.central.org 18.104.22.168:22.214.171.124 > /proc/fs/afs/cells
+echo add grand.central.org 126.96.36.199:188.8.131.52 > /proc/fs/afs/cells
mount -t afs "#grand.central.org:root.cell." /afs/grand.central.org/
mount -t afs "#grand.central.org:root.archive." /afs/grand.central.org/archive
mount -t afs "#grand.central.org:root.contrib." /afs/grand.central.org/contrib
@@ -141,15 +243,7 @@ mount -t afs "#grand.central.org:root.service." /afs/grand.central.org/service
mount -t afs "#grand.central.org:root.software." /afs/grand.central.org/software
mount -t afs "#grand.central.org:root.user." /afs/grand.central.org/user