FreeBSD & OpenAFS

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Wed Apr 4 20:35:00 UTC 2007


> Hi Jerry,
> I found your posts regarding FreeBSD 6.1 and AFS in my search to 
> possibly make it work (I'm running a mix of 6.1 and (testing) 6.2) on our 
> various machines and was was wondering if you found anymore answers.

You should probably post this type of thing to an appropriate list,
such as freebsd-questions  or  OpenAFS  where more people with better
knowledge than I have will see it.

> Some background to my project:
> I'm looking for a replacement for NFS.  I want to share jails across a 
> cluster of machines for "virtualized" servers a la the Linux Virtual 
> Machine.  I'm looking for a file sharing system that will behave nicer 
> than NFS and thought AFS might be an answer?  I also liked how all the 
> drives in the various machines can act together as a large share, rather 
> than having to have a dedicated drive array.  Especially with the cheap 
> abundant SATA2 storage that is available these days.
> Any experience you care to share or advice you might wish to offer would 
> be appreciated.

As for AFS, I needed only a client.  The university maintains the server
which, I think still, they run on AIX.  So ended up installing Arla
on a machine running FreeBSD 5.5.   It would not work on 6.1, nor
would OpenAFS.

But, I have read that OpenAFS now works on 6.2 or maybe it was 7.0 -- 
any the latest of FreeBSD.   I have not tried that since currently
the Arla install is serving my needs.


> Nestor Wheelock
> Systems Architect

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