Problem with AFS mount on Ubuntu 22

Previously I could simply run aklog and mount AFS to my local workstation, but since a few weeks ago it says that my connection times out when I try to connect to my AFS directory. I run kinit successfully, and I can connect to CERNbox wothout problem.

When I do systemctl restart openafs-client.service it keeps on loading, but never connects.

Anyone has any experience with mounting AFS on Ubuntu 22?

Hi @elwaagaa ,
Have you checked OTG0074822?

Yes I checked some weeks ago and it gave me afsdb{1,2} as output. Now it gives me nothing as output, does it mean that I already have lost connection to the CERN AFS cell? How can I restore it?

I suppose you are taking the client from some repo that is not managed at CERN, so please check if there’s an update (the latest version in the upstream project includes some of the new DBs).
You can always try to edit the CellServDB files like is described in the OTG to remove the IPs of the old DBs.

Is there another way I can set this up? What would be the commands I have to run?

The only way is to have a correct CellServDB, either by updating to a newer and hopefully correct -ish version, or to edit it yourself as described in the OTG.

Thanks for the answer - I still feel quite unsure of what to do, would you be able to help me with these steps?

Just use vim/vi/nano to open the files mentioned there (you probably only have /usr/vice/etc/CellServDB, but also confirm with /etc/openafs/CellServDB, /usr/vice/etc/CellServDB.local and /usr/vice/etc/CellServDB.dist).
Then, bellow “>” there are some IPs: remove them, until you reach the next " >".
Reboot the machine and it should start working again.

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Thank you, now it worked to connect to AFS! What does the CellServDB do exactly?

Basically the client needs to know how to contact the servers that hold the information (in AFS these are called DBs), especially since AFS provides a global access to different cells ( is a cell). So there’s a file that has all the IPs of those DBs.
But, at some point it also became possible to use DNS resolution, so by removing the IPs your client will ask us ( for that information instead of using a hardcoded list (potentially outdated, like it is the case).

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