vldb.DB0, vldb.DBSYS1 - Contain the Volume Location Database and associated log
The file vldb.DB0
contains the Volume Location Database (VLDB), which
tracks the location of all AFS volumes stored on file server machines in the
cell. The Volume Location (VL) Server ( vlserver
information from the database to Cache Managers when they need to access AFS
The file vldb.DBSYS1
is a log file in which the VL Server logs each
database operation before performing it. When an operation is interrupted, the
VL Server replays the log to complete the operation.
Both files are in binary format and reside in the /var/lib/openafs/db
directory on each of the cell's database server machines. When the VL Server
starts or restarts on a given machine, it establishes a connection with its
peers and verifies that its copy of the database matches the copy on the other
database server machines. If not, the VL Servers call on AFS's distributed
database technology, Ubik, to distribute to all of the machines the copy of
the database with the highest version number.
Always use the commands in the vos
suite to administer the VLDB. It is
advisable to create an archive copy of the database on a regular basis, using
a tool such as the UNIX tar
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