vos_status - Reports a Volume Server's status


vos status -server <machine name> [-cell <cell name>] [-noauth] [-localauth] [-verbose] [-encrypt] [-noresolve] [-help]

vos st -s <machine name> [-c <cell name>] [-noa] [-l] [-v] [-e] [-nor] [-h]


The vos status command reports on what the Volume Server on a certain file server machine is doing at the moment the command is issued. If there is no activity, the following message appears:

   No active transactions on <machine_name>

This command is useful mainly if there is concern that the Volume Server is not performing requested actions.


-server <server name>

Identifies the file server machine running the Volume Server for which to display status information. Provide the machine's IP address or its host name (either fully qualified or using an unambiguous abbreviation). For details, see vos(1).

-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 /usr/afs/etc/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 later.


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


There are two possible types of output.

The following message indicates that the Volume Server is not currently performing any actions.

   No active transactions on I<machine name>

The other possible output is a set of information which is probably more useful to programmers than to system administrators. A full understanding of all the fields requires familiarity with the code for the Volume Server, as many of the fields report ID numbers and flag values that the Volume Server sets for internal use.

Among the fields of possible interest to an administrator are:

A fifth line can appear during certain transactions, and includes the following fields:

The lastReceiveTime and lastSendTime are for internal use.


The following example illustrates the kind of output that sometimes appears when the Volume Server on is executing a dump at the time this command is issued.

   % vos status
   transaction: 575  created: Tue Jan 2 8:34:56 1990
   attachFlags: offline
   volume: 536871080 partition: /vicepb procedure: Dump
   packetRead: 2 lastReceiveTime: 113313 packetSend: 24588
       lastSendTime: 113317






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