repository - Vesta repository server
repository [-h] [-d level] [-f first-ckp] [-D dump-file-name]
In the most common usage, all arguments are defaulted.
- NFS Interface
- SRPC Interface
- Access Control
- Performance Tuning
- Weeding Hooks
- See Also
See the Terminology section of the vesta-intro man page for definitions of terms.
The repository program is the Vesta repository server. It provides stable storage for immutable, versioned Vesta sources in a tree of appendable and immutable directories, for working sources that are still being edited in a tree of mutable directories, and for Vesta derived files. The server also provides a tree of volatile directories, which allow tools started by the evaluator to view Vesta bindings as filesystem directories, with the changes the tools make recorded by the repository and available to the evaluator.
The repository's NFS interface makes the trees of appendable and immutable, mutable, and volatile directories visible as a part of the ordinary file system name space. The appendable/immutable tree is conventionally mounted under /vesta, the mutable tree under /vesta-work, and the volatile tree under /vesta-work/.volatile. These names can be customized with the [UserInterface]AppendableRootName and [UserInterface]MutableRootName settings in the Vesta configuration file (vesta.cfg).
The NFS interface provides a mildly distorted view of the repository's contents. All types of Vesta directories are manifested as NFS directories, and both mutable and immutable files are manifested as NFS files. Stubs and ghosts are normally manifested as empty files with unusual access permissions. On a master stub, the read and execute permissions are turned off, but the setuid bit is turned on. The write permissions are meaningful, so they are allowed to show through. Thus a master stub will typically appear in an "ls -l" listing with mode --wS------ or --wS-w----. On a non-master stub, all permissions are turned off, but the setgid bit is turned on, so "ls -l" will show ------S---. On a ghost, all permissions are turned off, but the sticky bit is turned on, so "ls -l" will show ---------T.
Exception: If a stub or ghost has a nonempty value for its symlink-to attribute, it is manifested as a symbolic link. The attribute should have a singleton value; the results are unspecified if it is multivalued. Normally, the attribute's value gives the symlink's value. However, if the attribute's value is the special token "$LAST", the symlink's value is the arc in the current directory that consists entirely of decimal digits, has no extra leading zeroes, is not bound to a ghost or stub, and has the largest numeric value of all such arcs. If there are no such arcs, the value is -1.
The NFS interface is exported on a nonstandard UDP port and is not registered with the portmapper or mount daemon. Instead, the host and port number must be obtained from the Vesta configuration file, settings NFS_host and NFS_port in the [Repository] section. A special program vmount(8) is available for mounting the repository. A pair of shell scripts provides a more convenient front-end to this program; see mountrepos(8), and umountrepos(8).
The repository also has a remote procedure call interface. This interface provides access to functions that do not map naturally onto the NFS interface, such as atomic checkin/checkout of packages, replication, etc. The interface is implemented using the Vesta-specific SRPC (simple remote procedure call) protocol, but this detail is not important to client programs; they use the interface by linking with a C++ library provided by the repository. This library layers a convenient set of classes and functions atop the raw SRPC calls.
The repository library's VDirSurrogate class provides access to all kinds of Vesta source objects, including all forms of directory, files, ghosts, and stubs. It is a subclass of VestaSource that implements its operations as SRPC calls to the repository server. Many operations that are not available through the NFS interface are provided in VDirSurrogate. Operations on the LongId class and most of the operations on the AccessControl class are also available.
The VestaSourceAtomic class provides a way to group several VDirSurrogate operations into an atomic unit. The repository user interface tools (see repos-ui(1)) are built on top of VDirSurrogate and VestaSourceAtomic, and the Vesta evaluator also makes use of VDirSurrogate.
Access to lower-level repository functions is provided through the SourceOrDerived class. These functions are used by the Vesta evaluator and weeder. The class gets its name from the fact that the repository stores both the files that hold sources and those that hold deriveds in one unified pool. The class contains methods for creating and/or opening files in the pool (used by the evaluator), for triggering the repository's part of the weeding process (used by the weeder), and for triggering a repository checkpoint to speed up crash recovery (also used by the weeder).
For low-level debugging and other sorts of wizardry, the TestVDirSurrogate(8) program is a test driver that can invoke most functions in VDirSurrogate and LongId, while the TestShortId(8) program can invoke most functions in SourceOrDerived.
The repository supports replication and remote access between sites under different administrations (called realms), with different sets of authorized users and groups. Therefore, the repository does access control based on a global (worldwide) namespace of principals, not simply the local Unix users and groups. The access controls that can be placed on sources in the repository are similar to ordinary Unix access controls, but written in terms of global principal names and slightly generalized.
Principal identification and authentication
Principals are identified by character string names of the form user@realm or ^group@realm. A calling process attempting to access the repository can claim and authenticate its identity as a principal in several ways, described in this subsection. An export file read by the repository at startup controls which forms of identification and authentication are accepted from which client hosts. The syntax of the export file is given in a later subsection.
First, a principal can identify itself to the repository using numeric Unix user and group identifiers. This form of identification is primarily for use by local NFS clients, and corresponds to the AUTH_UNIX authentication flavor of the NFS protocol. When the repository receives a Unix uid or gid, it uses the local operating system's user and group databases to translate the identifier to a character-string user or group name, prepends ^ for groups, then appends @realm to obtain a global name. Here realm is the local realm name, specified as [Repository]realm in the Vesta configuration file.
Unix identities are authenticated only by origin: if the repository's export table specifies that a particular client host is trusted for Unix identities, then any request coming from that host with a Unix identity is accepted as being from the identified principal. (A host is identified by its IP address.) This form of authentication obviously offers poor security, but it is by far the most common form used by NFS clients and thus must be supported. The repository currently does not check what port number an NFS request originates from.
Second, a principal can identify itself by directly giving a global user name, with the user@realm syntax. This form of identification is primarily for use by Vesta tools that communicate with the repository through its SRPC interface, such as the repos-ui(1) tools, vrepl(1), and vmaster(1). The current version of the repository client-side libraries uses global identities automatically. Older versions used Unix identities, so for compatibility the repository will still accept them.
Calling processes that identify themselves using global names do not supply and authenticate their group memberships. Instead, the repository has a table of global group memberships for global users, and it looks up a caller's user name in this table to determine which groups the caller belongs to. The repository's group table comes from two sources. First, group memberships for all locally-known users are obtained from the local operating system's user and group databases. Each uid and gid in these databases is translated into a global name as described above, and the results are entered into the repository's group membership table. Second, the repository reads a file of additional group memberships; the syntax of this file is given in a later subsection.
Currently global user names are also authenticated only by origin. The export file can specify that a particular host is trusted to give any global name, or that it is trusted only for global names with a specified @realm suffix.
Finally, in the future a principal may be able to identify and authenticate itself using GSS-API. The repository's export file can specify which hosts GSS-API authentication will be accepted from, and can optionally limit which realms the names can be from. We anticipate that GSS-API will most likely be used as an interface to Kerberos. Since Kerberos realm names are conventionally written in upper case, the repository makes case-independent comparisons in its access checking. Thus a Kerberos principal named "fred@EXAMPLE.COM" will match the Vesta global name "firstname.lastname@example.org".
When authenticating itself to other processes, the repository determines which flavor to use from the [Repository]default_flavor configuration setting. NFS clients always use the unix flavor. Other clients use the [UserInterface]default_flavor configuration setting by default; this is normally global.
The access control on a file or directory in the repository has an owner, a group, and mode bits, similar to ordinary Unix access controls, but there are some differences.
The owner and group are both sets, not singletons. They are represented as the mutable attributes #owner and #group, which are set-valued. Any global user in the owner set has ownership access to the object; any user that is a member of a global group in the group set has group access. The main reason we allow multiple owners and groups is so that replicated data can have a local owner and group in each realm that holds a copy, if desired.
The primary mode bits are represented in the #mode attribute, as the 3-digit octal number obtained by OR-ing the standard Unix mode bits for read, write, and search access by owner, group, or world:S_IRUSR 400 read permission: owner S_IWUSR 200 write permission: owner S_IXUSR 100 search permission: owner S_IRGRP 040 read permission: group S_IWGRP 020 write permission: group S_IXGRP 010 search permission: group S_IROTH 004 read permission: world S_IWOTH 002 write permission: world S_IXOTH 001 search permission: worldThe setuid and setgid mode bits are represented by the #setuid and #setgid attributes. If the value of #owner that is in the local realm (if any) is also a value of #setuid, the setuid bit is set, otherwise not. (If more than one value of #owner is in the local realm, one of the values is chosen arbitrarily. This is the same value that will appear as the file's owner through the NFS interface, as described below.) The setgid bit works the same way, using the values of #group and #setgid.
A source that does not have an #owner, #group, or #mode attribute inherits the corresponding value from its parent directory, while a missing #setuid or #setgid attribute defaults to empty. This form of inheritance is needed in order to provide objects that do not have their own attributes with an access control. It is also useful to save some space in the repository, since an object whose parent has the same value for some access control does not need to store its own copy of that attribute.
The repository does not store execute permission bits for files. Instead, each file has a single "executable" flag, which is immutable for immutable files, mutable for mutable files. If the executable flag is true, the file's execute permission bits are the same as its corresponding read bits; if not, they are all off. The executable flag and execute permission bits are implemented in the NFS glue layer above the repository proper. At the VestaSource interface, the 0111 bits of a #mode are always search permissions. When the Unix chmod() function is invoked on a file through the repository's NFS interface, the file's executable flag is formed as the logical OR of the three executable bits given. When stat() is invoked, the executable permission bits are formed as described above.
A few complications arise when the repository is accessed using the NFS protocol, since there is more information in a Vesta access control than can be represented by NFS. To obtain the numeric owner uid reported in an object's NFS attributes, we search for a global owner user@realm, where @realm is the local realm name. If one is found, the user portion is translated to a numeric id using the local operating system's user database. The group is then translated in the same way. If a locally known user and/or group is not found, special values vforeign_uid and vforeign_gid specified in the Vesta configuration file are used. If more than one locally known user or group is present, one of the alternatives is chosen arbitrarily. If the NFS setattr operation is used to change the owner of an object (that is, if the Unix chown command is used), we first search for all locally known owners and remove them, leaving any other owners unchanged, then add the new owner. Again groups are handled in the same way. Owners and groups that are removed in this way are also removed from the #setuid and #setgid attributes if present.
Checking whether a calling process has access permission works as follows.
First, the requested operation is classified by type: unrestricted, agreement (could potentially violate the replica agreement invariant), administrative (restricted to the system administrator), ownership (for example changing the access control), read, write, search, execute, del, setuid, or setgid. The classification will generally be unsurprising; odd cases are treated specifically below.
If the client host is specified in the export file to have readonly access, operations of types administrative, ownership, write, del, setuid, and setgid are refused before considering any of the other rules below.
Almost all operation types are permitted if the requesting process is a Vesta administrator. Three Vesta administrators with slightly different privileges may be configured in vesta.cfg: [Repository]root_user, [Repository]vadmin_user, and [Repository]vwizard_user. The vadmin user is provided as a convenience, so that users can be authorized to administer Vesta without being given the root password. The root user has the same privileges as vadmin, except that root is granted granted blanket permission for setuid and setgid type operations. The vwizard user has the same privileges as vadmin, but is also allowed to perform agreement operations, such as deleting children of master appendable directories without leaving a ghost, creating children in nonmaster appendable directories, etc. Except for the initial creation of a globally unique name under /vesta for packages that originate at your site (see warning below), the vwizard feature should be used only in emergencies, since it can create inconsistencies between replicas. Typically the administrative user names will be root@realm (where realm is the local realm name), vadmin@realm, and vwizard@realm.
An unrestricted operation is always permitted, with no checking.
An administrative operation is permitted only if the requestor is a Vesta administrator.
An ownership operation is permitted if the requestor's principal name (or one of its aliases) matches one of the owner names in the access control.
Read, write, search, and execute operations are checked as follows: If the corresponding world permission bit is set, access is granted. If the requestor's principal name (or an alias) matches one of the owner names in the access control, and the corresponding owner permission bit is set, then access is granted. If one of the requestor's group names matches one of the group names in the access control, and the corresponding group permission bit is set, then access is granted. Otherwise access is denied. This algorithm is intentionally slightly more liberal than that used in Unix, but matches it in the common cases.
Operations on attributes are classified as follows: Reading attributes is unrestricted. Changing an attribute whose name does not begin with # is a write operation. With a few exceptions noted below, changing an attribute whose name begins with # is an ownership operation.
Changing #owner is normally an ownership operation; that is, as in Unix System V, users are allowed to "give away" their files. Some Vesta tools (such as vrepl with the -a flag) need this ability. However, if [Repository]chown_semantics is set to "BSD", changing #owner through the NFS interface is an administrative operation. Some Unix programs expect BSD semantics and may behave oddly with System V semantics.
Clearing or removing a value from the #setuid or #setgid attribute is an ownership operation, but setting or adding a value to #setuid is a setuid operation, to #setgid a setgid operation. A setuid operation is permitted if the requestor is root, or if the requestor is the owner and the value being added is his own name (including aliases). A setgid operation is permitted if the requestor is root, or if the requestor is the owner and the value being added is a group that he is a member of.
Deletion from an appendable directory, leaving a ghost, is a del operation. If [Repository]restrict_delete is set to 1, del operations have the same permission checking as administrative operations. If it is set to 0, del operations have the same permission checking as write operations on the directory.
When an object is created, if the caller's user name (not including aliases) is one of the owners of the new object's parent, then the new object's #owner attribute is not automatically set, allowing the object to inherit its parent's owner list. Otherwise, the caller's user name (but not any of its aliases) is automatically set into the new object's #owner attribute as the sole owner.
Each volatile root is owned by the "runtool" user with mode 755. Because sources under a volatile root do not have attributes, these permissions are inherited by all their descendents. Thus, anyone can examine the files and directories in the volatile tree, but only the special runtool user can make changes.
As mentioned above, the repository's export file specifies which client hosts may access the repository and what forms of identification and authentication they may use. The file format is as follows.
- Comments are introduced with "#", ";", or "//" and continue to the end of the line. Blank lines are allowed as well.
- Another file can be textually included with a line of the form:
- Other lines take the following form. Here "[ ]" around an element indicate that it is optional, and "..." indicates that the preceding element may be repeated zero or more times. Where whitespace is shown, zero or more spaces or tabs may appear in the file.
pattern [:] [level [flavor [arg]],]... [level [flavor [arg]]]
A pattern can be an Internet hostname, an Internet hostname pattern with "?" or "*" characters as wildcards, an IP address in dotted notation, or an IP subnet in the form address/netmask, where address is in dotted notation, and netmask either is in dotted notation, or is a single integer indicating how many bits are set from the left (for example, /24 = /255.255.255.0) . The "?" wildcard matches any one character except a dot ("."), while the "*" wildcard matches zero or more characters that are not dots. Ordinary characters match regardless of case.
A level can be one of the following strings, case insensitive: allow, readwrite, rw, readonly, ro, deny. The levels readwrite and rw are synonyms for allow; ro is a synonym for readonly.
A flavor can be one of the following strings, case insensitive: unix, global, gssapi, all, any. Any is a synonym for all.
If no (level, flavor, arg) tuples appear for a given pattern, "allow all" is supplied by default. If the flavor is omitted from a tuple, it defaults to all.
The optional arg is an argument to the flavor. Only "allow global", "readonly global", "allow gssapi", and "readonly gssapi" take an argument. This argument is a pattern for the realm that the global name must originate from, with "?" and "*" wildcards matched as in hostname patterns. If this argument is omitted, any global name is accepted.
When checking whether a request should be admitted, the repository scans the export file looking for the last (pattern: level, flavor, arg) tuple whose pattern, flavor, and arg match. If one is found, its level applies to this request. If not, the request is denied.
Here is an example:; Sample export file 22.214.171.124/8: readonly global *.example.com *.x.example.com: allow unix, allow global x.example.com badguy.x.example.com: deny *.z.example.com: allow global y.example.comThe first line says that any host on network 126.96.36.199 may have read-only access to the repository if it supplies a global identity of the form user@*.example.com. The second line says that hosts whose names match the pattern *.x.example.com may have read/write access to the repository if they supply either a Unix identity, or a global identity of the form email@example.com. If a request matches both lines, the second one will take precedence. The third line makes the host badguy.x.example.com an exception; it is not granted any access. The fourth line allows hosts from the domain *.z.example.com to use names in the global realm y.example.com.
As mentioned above, the repository's group file gives a (partial) list of which global groups various global principals belong to. The file format is as follows.
- Comments are introduced with "#", ";", or "//" and continue to the end of the line. Blank lines are allowed as well.
- Another file can be textually included with a line of the form:
- Other lines take the following form. Here "[ ]" around an element indicate that it is optional, and "..." indicates that the preceding element may be repeated zero or more times. Where whitespace is shown, zero or more spaces or tabs may appear in the file.
name : [group [,]]... [group]
Here name is a global user name (user@realm) and each group is a global group name (^group@realm). The line says that name is a member of each group listed. If the same name appears on several lines, the memberships accumulate.
Here is an example:// Vesta repository group file for x.example.com firstname.lastname@example.org: ^email@example.com ^firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com: ^firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com: ^firstname.lastname@example.org ^email@example.comThe first line says that besides the locally-known groups he is a member of, firstname.lastname@example.org is also a member of some y.example.com groups. This could be useful if some sources from y.example.com are replicated in the x.example.com repository and tom needs access to them. The situation is similar for dick. On the third line, email@example.com is indicated to be a member of some y.example.com groups. This line could be useful if harry accesses the x.example.com repository remotely when logged in at y.example.com. Without it, harry would not obtain his group memberships when accessing the x.example.com repository, since this repository does not preload its group table with the local user and group database from y.example.com.
Aliases and the alias file
As an added convenience feature, the repository can be told to recognize a global user or group name as having one or more aliases. When a client authenticates itself as possessing a name that has some aliases, it is given the privileges of the aliases as well as those of the authenticated name. Aliases are applied after the client's principal identification is translated to a global name, so they work even with Unix identification. The [Repository]root_user is not allowed as an alias.
For example, if user mann has accounts in realms x.example.com and y.example.com, and he sometimes logs in at x.example.com and remotely accesses the repository at y.example.com, it would be useful for the y.example.com repository to regard firstname.lastname@example.org as having the alias email@example.com.
The aliasing mechanism is neither symmetric nor transitive by default:
- If firstname.lastname@example.org has the alias email@example.com, that does not automatically give firstname.lastname@example.org the alias email@example.com. If a symmetric alias is desired, both directions of aliasing must be listed explicitly in the alias file.
- If firstname.lastname@example.org has the alias email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org has the alias email@example.com, that does not automatically give firstname.lastname@example.org the privileges of email@example.com. If the latter is desired, firstname.lastname@example.org must be given the alias email@example.com explicitly.
A user alias can be employed as another way to get group-like functionality. For instance, if user firstname.lastname@example.org should be automatically allowed access to files owned by tom, dick, and email@example.com, they can be listed as aliases.
Groups can be aliased as well. For example, if realms x.example.com and y.example.com are working together on the Wonka project and both have a local group named wonka, it can be useful to alias ^firstname.lastname@example.org to ^email@example.com (and vice versa) at both sites. That way, users at either site can obtain group access to a directory replicated from the other site, even if only one of the two groups is on the directory's group access control list.
The alias file has the same syntax as the group file, except that user names may appear in place of group names. It is meaningless for a user name to be aliased to a group name, or vice versa. When a reciprocal alias is needed, both directions must be included explicitly. For the examples above, the aliases file would read:# Sample aliases file firstname.lastname@example.org: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com ^firstname.lastname@example.org: ^email@example.com ^firstname.lastname@example.org: ^email@example.comLimitations
Changes to the local passwd and group databases are not all tracked automatically by the repository. This can result in users not getting quite the right privileges after a change until the next time the repository's access control tables are reloaded. The addition of a new user or new group is handled automatically, but other cases are not, such as when a user is added to a group, is removed from a group, is given a different uid, or is deleted from the system. (The repository has no way of knowing when such a change has happened, and for reasons of efficiency it maintains its own in-memory cache of the local passwd and group databases.)
In more detail, whenever the repository encounters a uid or gid that is unknown to it (i.e. that has been added since the repository last acquired user/group information from the OS), it attempts a complete reload of all access control data both from the host OS and from the export, alias, and group files. This can fail if there is a parsing error in the export, alias, or group file, in which case an error message is logged by the repository. If that happens, the repository simply adds an entry for the new uid/gid after getting information from the OS.
The vaccessrefresh utility can be used to explicitly ask the repository to pick up changes in the OS user/group databases and its own group, alias, and export files. When using vaccessrefresh, any errors in parsing the export, alias, and group files will be reported to the user. Restarting the repository will also cause it to pick up all access control changes, but this is no more effective than using vaccessrefresh.
Using the Unix newgrp command with a password to dynamically enter a new group that you are not a static member of is not supported by the repository. Currently you may get the group's privileges when going through the NFS interface, but you will never get them through the SRPC interface. In the future this feature is more likely to be disabled entirely than made to work in all cases.
If several different user names map to the same Unix uid, the repository will not treat them all as aliases for one another. A user logged in as this uid will get the privileges only of the first name that maps to it.
Although gssapi is recognized as a flavor in the export file, GSS-API authentication is not yet implemented, so allowing it has no effect.
Optimizing the performance of any server application is a complicated process and usually requires trial and error. This section provides some background on different factors affecting the repository's performance and the configuration settings available for controlling those factors.
File Descriptor Caching
In order to process a read or write to a source or derived file, the repository must have an open file descriptor for it. Since it is common for the multiple reads/writes of the same file to occur close together in time, the repository keeps opened file descriptors in its file descriptor cache. This avoids the time cost of opening and closing a file descriptor on each read/write operation.
Like all processes, the repository server has a limit on the total number of file descriptors it can have open at any point in time. This limit can be set before starting the server, or the [Repository]descriptor_limit configuration setting can be used to have the repository set the limit when it starts. (Note that on some platforms this setting can cause the repository to make special calls to enable larger numbers of file descriptors.)
The repository keeps at most half of its limit of open files in the file descriptor cache. If it already has that many file descriptors open and it needs to open another, it will close the least recently used file descriptor. This is called evicting a cached file descriptor. The repository will also close file descriptors that have not been used in the last 10 minutes. This is called expiring a cached file descriptor.
With the vreposmonitor utility, you can see the number of file descriptors evicted and expired over time. If your repository has a high rate of evictions and a low rate of expirations, you should probably increase its file descriptor limit. You should particularly watch out for short periods of time when the number of evictions is significantly larger than the number of file descriptors in the cache, as that is a clear indication that the repository needs more file descriptors than it has available.
File Descriptor Cache Locking
The repository stores all source and derived files in a combined pool. Individual files in this pool are identified by a 32-bit integer called a shortid.
The file descriptor cache is essentially a large hash table indexed by shortid. Any time a file descriptor is needed, exclusive access to the file descriptor cache must be obtained. This can cause contention between different threads and slow down the server.
To alleviate this, the file descriptor cache can be broken up into multiple independent tables, each with its own lock. The file descriptor cache table for a given shortid is found using the low-order bits of the shortid. You can control how many of the low-order bits are used, and thus how many independent tables there are, with the [Repository]fdCache_split_bits configuration setting. (Note that each additional bit you use multiplies the number of independent file descriptor cache tables by 2.)
You should avoid the temptation to use a large number of tables, as the number of file descriptors cached in each table is fixed. The total limit on cached file descriptors is divided evenly among the independent file descriptor cache tables at startup. Here's one possible way this division could happen:
- The repository has a total file descriptor limit of 2048.
- The repository reserves half these file descriptors (1024) for the file descriptor cache.
- [Repository]fdCache_split_bits is set to 4, creating 16 independent file descriptor cache tables.
- This means that each file descriptor cache table will hold a total of 64 file descriptors.
When a new file descriptor is needed in one of these independent caches and its limit has already been reached, the least-recently used one in that table will be evicted. If the number of descriptors in each independent file descriptor cache is small, this could create a "hot spot" where one table has a higher rate of evictions than others.
At startup, the repository creates a fixed number of threads to process NFS requests. The number of threads is controlled by the [Repository]threads configuration setting.
More NFS threads can improve repository performance for user filesystem operations and tool invocations by allowing greater parallelism, but only up to a certain point. The exact number that will work best in a given situation will be dependent on many factors, and experimentation is the best way to find a good value.
In recent experience (circa 2003-2005) with 4-CPU servers with hundreds of client hosts, we have found that 32 threads works well, while doubling the number to 64 threads performs less well. For smaller installations, a lower number of threads will probably work fine.
The NFS protocol uses UDP which lacks guaranteed delivery. The operating system on the server side receives request packets and buffers them until the server process consumes them. If more requests arrive than will fit in the available buffer space, they are discarded.
This does not cause incorrect behavior, but it can cause a delay in processing during periods of high traffic. When an NFS client doesn't receive a response to a request within a certain period of time, it retransmits its request.
The [Repository]bufreqs setting controls how much UDP buffer space the repository server asks the operating system to use to hold incoming requests. The setting is an integer, and the server asks the operating system for enough space to hold approximately that number of the largest expected requests (i.e. write operations that include a block of bytes to be written). Increasing this setting can reduce the loss of requests due to insufficient buffer space.
Unfortunately, there is no way to measure whether requests are being lost due to insufficient buffer space, so it's difficult to know when this setting will improve performance. Also, the operating system will usually only grant UDP buffer requests up to a certain size, and experimentation is usually required to determine how much buffer the OS will give to the repository.
NFS Duplicate Suppression
As mentioned above, NFS clients retransmit requests if they don't receive a response within a certain period of time. Aside from insufficient buffer space at the server, there are several other causes:
- The request not reaching the server
- The response not reaching the client
- The server being too busy to complete the request before the client re-transmits it
In some cases it is harmless for the server to repeat a previously performed request (such as reading a file), although it wastes time and I/O resources. In other cases (such as creating or deleting a file or directory), repeating a previously completed request will give a different result. For this reason, the repository server remembers requests that it is currently processing and that it has recently completed to suppress duplicate transactions.
When a duplicate of a request currently being processed arrives, the server drops it as a response will be sent when the server finishes processing it. When a duplicate of a completed request arrives, the server retransmits the result it previously sent to the client. You can observe the rate of duplicate requests with the vreposmonitor utility.
Because it takes memory to store records of duplicate NFS requests, the repository only stores a certain number of them. The number that it retains can be controlled with the [Repository]dupe_table_max configuration setting. When the limit is reached, the oldest one is discarded.
If a request comes in that is a duplicate of a request that has been discarded from its duplicate suppression table, the repository server will not know and will re-perform the operation. This can cause strange errors such as "file/directory already exists" errors when trying to create files/directories. If you encounter such errors, you should try increasing [Repository]dupe_table_max.
NFS Duplicate Suppression Locking
When checking for a duplicate, or adding entries to the duplicate suppression tables when starting or completing the processing of a new call, exclusive access to the table must be acquired. This locking is another possible point of contention between different threads in the repository.
Similar to the file descriptor cache, it is possible to break up the duplicate suppression table into multiple independent tables each with its own lock. There are two configuration settings which control the number of tables and the hashing of NFS requests into the different tables:
- [Repository]dupe_hash_xid_bits controls the number of bits of the NFS RPC transaction ID (or XID) used in the hash. (XIDs are identifying numbers assigned by the NFS client.)
- [Repository]dupe_hash_ip_bits controls the number of bits in the client host IP address used in the hash. This setting is most useful for repositories with multiple client hosts. Single-host installations should use the default of zero.
The total number of duplicate suppression tables is 2 to the power of the sum of these two settings, so increasing either setting by 1 doubles the number of independent duplicate suppression tables. Note that each independent table holds [Repository]dupe_table_max entries. If memory is a concern, you may wish to decrease that setting when increasing the number of duplicate suppression tables.
In certain cases, a write performed through the repository's NFS interface will cause a copy to be made first. This happens because files which appear writable may refer to an underlying file which is actually immutable. For example, when you check out a package, the files in the working directory initially use the same storage as the immutable files in the old version. Before a write to such a file can be processed, it must be copied.
The repository limits the number of threads concurrently performing copy-on-write operations to the number specified in the [Repository]cow_max setting, which defaults to 4. If this many are already in progress, new threads that need to perform a copy-on-write will wait.
Most non-NFS operations to the repository (e.g. checkout, checkin, replication) go through the VestaSource SRPC interface. The [Repository]VestaSourceSRPC_max_running configuration setting controls the number of threads allowed to be concurrently processing requests. The number of threads specified by the setting is created on server startup.
There is also s separate SRPC interface used by the evaluator and weeder which has a separate configuration setting: [Repository]ShortIdSRPC_max_running.
Both of these SRPC interfaces default to 32 running. Increasing the number of concurrent requests allowed may increase performance when there are a large number of client machines. However, many operations contend with each other for internal locks and other resources so allowing more concurrent requests will not necessarily result in higher overall throughput.
There are three ways that the repository server may need wait to receive data from a client:
- A VestaSource SRPC client (e.g. repository tools like vcheckout) may start a call and the repository server will wait for it to send the call argument data.
- Similarly, a ShortId SRPC client may start a call and the repository server will wait for it to send the call argument data.
- When a tool is running, the repository server acts like a client to the evaluator, making calls back to it to request information about the contents of the temporary root filesystem used to run the tool. (This is how the evaluator is notified of filesystem accesses during tool runs, which it then records as dependencies.)
To avoid tying up server resources for an indefinite period of time when a client is unresponsive, the repository will close connections after waiting to receive data for a certain amount of time. There are three configuration settings which control this:
- [Repository]VestaSourceSRPC_read_timeout specifies the maximum number of seconds to wait for data from a VestaSource SRPC client.
- [Repository]ShortIdSRPC_read_timeout specifies the maximum number of seconds to wait for data from a ShortId SRPC client.
- [Repository]EvaluatorDirSRPC_read_timeout specifies the maximum number of seconds to wait for a response from the evaluator for information about the contents of a temporary filesystem used to run a tool.
The default for all of these settings is a generous five minutes (300 seconds). If you suspect slow or unresponsive clients are tying up server resources, you may wish to decrease these values to a minute or less. (Note that long-running clients from which the server is not waiting for data may have open connections that are idle longer than these setting.)
- Print a brief usage message and exit.
- -d level
- Turn on additional debugging output (to standard error) or other debugging modes. The default is [Repository]debug_level. The level is the bitwise or of the following:
- 0x00001 - SRPC - log a message when a client dies (or the like).
- 0x00002 - NFS interface - log arguments and results.
- 0x00004 - FdCache - log debugging messages.
- 0x00008 - SourceOrDerived::doDeletions - log disposition of each ShortId.
- 0x00010 - SourceOrDerived::doDeletions - log debugging messages.
- 0x00020 - SourceOrDerived::doDeletions - suppress actual deletion (unlink).
- 0x00040 - VDirEvaluator - log debugging messages.
- 0x00080 - Recovery - do not try to finish an incomplete weed.
- 0x00100 - VMemPool - log debugging messages.
- 0x00200 - Startup - if a file named "core" exists in the current directory, rename it to core.DATE.TIME, where DATE.TIME are the current date and time.
- 0x00400 - NFS interface - log references to stale handles.
- 0x00800 - Mastership transfer - log debugging messages.
- 0x01000 - File copy-on-write - log occurrences.
- 0x02000 - Access control - log parsing of tables.
- 0x04000 - Replication - log debugging messages.
- 0x08000 - Gardener (background thread that prunes away volatile directories from dead evaluators) - log debugging messages.
- 0x10000 - Shortid block leases - log debug messages when they are acquired, renewed, and released, plus a summary of current leases after recovery and when checkpointing
- -f first-ckp
- Specifies which checkpoint recovery should begin with. By default, the newest committed checkpoint is used, if any. Checkpoints are numbered 1, 2, 3, etc. A checkpoint number of 0 means to recover entirely from logs, starting at the beginning of time. Recovery always continues to the end of the last log file.
- -D dump-file-name
- Debug capability primarily of interest to developers: after recovery, write out a text dump of the contents of the repository's in-memory representation of all directories and attributes to a file. Once the dump is complete, the repository exits immediately. This can be useful for comparing the repository's state at two points in time (e.g. just before and just after a checkpoint).
The repository manages a large pool of storage used for both source files and derived files. During weeding, the repository is responsible for deleting files from that collection. In some cases, external software may want to know the precise details of the files that have been kept and deleted or even ask for extra files to be kept. This could be necessary for file caching and distribution systems or implementing administrative policies.
The repository daemon provides a small number of hooks into its weeding process. These are controlled by optional configuration file settings.
- Before preparing the complete list of files to keep, the repository will run the command configured in [Repository]also_keep_weed_hook. This command can update a file with a list of additional files to be kept, even if they would not otherwise be kept.
- Before starting deletions the repository will run the command configured in [Repository]pre_delete_weed_hook.
- After deletions are complete the repository will run the command configured in [Repository]post_delete_weed_hook.
The weeding hook commands are executed with "/bin/sh -c command", so simple in-line shell scripts can be used. The weeding hook commands are executed as the same user running the repository daemon. The weeding hook commands will have the same standard input, output, and error as the repository daemon. The repository daemon waits for each weeding hook command to complete, so they should be designed to complete quickly to avoid delaying the weeding process.
Information is communicated to the hook commands through the following environment variables:
- Any files changed after this time will be kept during the deletion phase. This time is chosen by the weeder client program (e.g. VestaWeed or QuickWeed) when it starts. The time is a UNIX timestamp as an integer number of seconds since the epoch.
- The shortid in hex of the file which the also_keep_weed_hook should update with additional files to keep. The file must contain shortids to be kept as an ASCII printed hex number 0-padded to exactly 8 hex digits each followed by a newline. Note that any errors in formatting in this file will cause the weeding process to fail without performing deletions. This environment variable will be available for other hook commands (pre_delete_weed_hook, post_delete_weed_hook) but the file will be read-only. If no also_keep_weed_hook is configured, this variable is set to "0".
- The full filesystem path to the additional keep list file. This is provided as a convenience so hooks need not convert the shortid to a path. If no also_keep_weed_hook is configured, this variable is set to the empty string.
- The shortid in hex of the file which contains a list of shortids of the files to be kept during weeding. Any file which is either on this list or was changed after the keep time will be kept. All other files will be deleted. The list is not available for also_keep_weed_hook, so this variable is set to "0" for it. This list is the full combined list including derived files identified by the weeder client program, source files currently in the repository, and any extra files supplied by the also_keep_weed_hook. This list is in a sorted order, with each shortid to be kept as an ASCII printed hex number followed by a newline. The file should not be modified by the hook command, and will have read-only permissions to discourage any modifications.
- The full filesystem path to the keep list file. This is provided as a convenience so hooks need not convert the shortid to a path.
- The shortid in hex of the file which contains a list of shortids of the files which were deleted. This list is built as the deletions are processed. Obviously this information is unavailable before deletions have been performed, so this variable is set to "0" for the pre-delete hook. This list is in a sorted order, with each shortid that was deleted as an ASCII printed hex number followed by a newline. The file should not be modified by the hook command, and will have read-only permissions to discourage any modifications.
- The full filesystem path to the delete list file. This is provided as a convenience so hooks need not convert the shortid to a path. For the pre-delete hook this variable is set to the empty string.
The following values are obtained from the [Repository] section of the Vesta configuration file (vesta.cfg).
- The file used to specify equivalent alternative names for global users. See the Access Control section above. If set to a relative path, this will be interpreted relative to metadata_root. Typically set to repos/alias or /etc/vesta/repos.alias.
- If this parameter is set to 1, symbolic links can be created through the NFS interface using the symlink() system call; if 0, they cannot. Note that symlinks can be created only in appendable directories even with this flag turned on, and that the "latest" symlink is created through the VestaSource SRPC interface and is unaffected by this flag.
- An optional command to run to supply additional files to keep during weeding. See the "Weeding Hooks" section above.
- If set to 1, and log_dir2 is also set, a backup copy of each checkpoint is also stored in metadata_root/log_dir2.
- Sets the size of the buffer associated with the UDP socket on which NFS requests are received. The units are (a generous estimate of) the maximum size of an NFS request.
- If this parameter is set to BSD, only an administrator can change a source's #owner attribute through the NFS interface. If it is set to System-V, the current owner can also change it. The current owner can always change this attribute through the SRPC interface.
- Maximum number of file copy-on-write operations in progress at once. If not set, the default is 4.
- Sets the default value for the -d flag (see above).
- The identity flavor that the repository uses when authenticating itself to other processes. Normally set to global at present.
- An integer. When the repository starts up, it will attempt to increase the limit on the number of file descriptors it can have open at once to this number. On some platforms, this will take additional action to enable support for large numbers of file descriptors. If not set, the repository will not attempt to change its open file descriptor limit.
- An integer between 0 and 8. Controls the distribution of incoming NFS RPC calls among independent duplicate suppression tables based on IP address. Specifically, sets the number of low-order bits of the source IP address used as part of a hash table key. The total number of duplicate suppression tables will be 2^(dupe_hash_ip_bits+dupe_hash_xid_bits). As of this writing, one of the largest current Vesta installations uses 3. You should use a value less than log2(number of client hosts) for this setting. If not set, defaults to 0 (on the assumption that most installations will have a very small number of client hosts).
- An integer between 0 and 8. Controls the distribution of incoming NFS RPC calls among independent duplicate suppression tables based on RPC transaction ID. Specifically, sets the number of bits of the RPC transaction ID used as part of a hash table key. The total number of duplicate suppression tables will be 2^(dupe_hash_ip_bits+dupe_hash_xid_bits). As of this writing, one of the largest current Vesta installations uses 4. If not set, defaults to 2.
- Number of NFS RPC replies to buffer for duplicate suppression. If a client retransmits a request that the server has recently replied to, it will be replied to from the buffer instead of being redone. Note that each of the independent suplicate suppression tables will retain this many recently completed NFS RPC replies. If you increase dupe_hash_ip_bits or dupe_hash_xid_bits by more than 1, you may want to also decrease this setting.
- Maximum number of seconds the server will wait for data from an evaluator when calling it for information about the contents of a volatile directory to service a request. This prevents the server from waiting indefinitely for a suspended or misbehaving evaluator. If it's not set, it defaults to 300 (5 minutes). (Note that the time between individual calls on a connection can be longer than this.)
- The file used to specify which remote hosts are allowed to access the repository and what authentication they must use. See the Access Control section above. If set to a relative path, this will be interpreted relative to metadata_root. Typically set to repos/export or /etc/vesta/repos.export.
- An integer between 0 and 31 (recommended values: 2-8). Controls the number of independent file descriptor cache tables the repository uses. Specifically, sets the number of low-order bits of a shortid used to select the file descriptor cache table. There will be 2^fdCache_split_bits tables. More tables means reduces lock contention, but has diminishing benefit with higher values. As of this writing, one of the largest current Vesta installations uses 6 (i.e. 64 tables). If not set, defaults to 2 (4 tables).
- The file used to specify (additional) members for global groups. See the Access Control section above. If set to a relative path, this will be interpreted relative to metadata_root. Typically set to repos/group or /etc/vesta/repos.group.
- For authentication, NFS clients send a numeric user ID and a list of numeric group IDs. Each of these maps to some global name (as described above under "Principal identification and authentication"). Normally the user ID is sufficient as the repository server already knows the group memberships of each user. For this reason, the repository by default ignores the group IDs sent by NFS clients. However, if a user uses newgrp(1) to become a member of a new group, the groups IDs sent by the client would be more current than the information the repository has. (newgrp(1) probably isn't very useful with the repository anyway, as it can't affect the SRPC interface used by tools like vcheckout).) Also, if the user's groups have changed since the last time the repository loaded the user and group information from the OS, the NFS client may have a more up-to-date list of group memberships. (A re-load of user and group information can be explicitly requested with the vaccessrefresh utility.) If it is equal (without regard to case) to "yes", "on", or "true", or can be parsed as an integer that is non-zero, the repository will honor the list of group IDs sent by NFS clients. If it is equal (without regard to case) to "no", "off", or "false", or can be parsed as an integer that is zero, the repository will ignore the list of group IDs sent by NFS clients. If not set, defaults to "false".
- Some clients use the ShortId SRPC interface to acquire leases on blocks of shortids for allocation purposes. A background thread called the Landlord thread is responsible for releasing expired leases. This setting determines the default length of time it sleeps between expirations. If not set, defaults to 3600 seconds (1 hour). It can be set lower but not higher. Normally there's no reason to change this setting.
- Related to the previous setting. If the Landlord thread find itself with too much work to do, it will dynamically decrease the amount of time it sleeps between expirations. This setting controls the minimum length of time it sleeps. If not set, defaults to 60 seconds. It cannot be set higher than 1/2 of Landlord_sleep_max. Normally there's no reason to change this setting.
- Related to the previous two settings. This setting controls the maximum number of shortid block leases the Landlord thread will expire each time it wakes up. If there are more leases to expire than this, it will try to sleep for a shorter period next time. If there are less leases to expire than this, it will try to sleep for a longer period next time. If not set, defaults to 128 leases. Normally there's no reason to change this setting.
- The recovery log and checkpoints go in metadata_root/log_dir. The log_dir must end with "/" (or be empty).
- If set to a nonempty string, a backup copy of the recovery log goes in metadata_root/log_dir2. The log_dir2 must end with "/" if not empty.
- Specifies the "hint" to be placed in the "master-repository" attribute for objects mastered in the local repository. (You can think of this as the "public address" of the repository, which may be different than the address local clients use to contact the repository.) This string can either be empty (in which case "master-repository" attributes will not be set) or a host name and TCP port number in the format host:port.
- All files and directories in the underlying filesystem that are needed by the repository server are named relative to metadata_root. This value must begin and end with "/". The repository server does a chdir() to this directory.
- The repository keeps information in memory about all known UNIX user/group ids and their mappings to global names. (See "Principal identification and authentication" above.) If the repository receives an NFS request with a user/group id which is unknown to it, it will attempt to automatically reload the user/group information from the host operating system. (This can happen if a new user has been added to the system since the repository server was started.) Reloading this information can be expensive, so there is a limit on how often it will be done automatically. This setting specifies the minimum time between such automatic refresh attempts in seconds. If not set, it defaults to 3600 (1 hour). This setting does not affect refreshes explicitly requested with the vaccessrefresh utility.
- Option for repository developers to turn on extra consistency checking of the reference counts used to track mutable files within the mutable root (/vesta-work). The two possible settings are "abort" and "correct". If set to "abort", the repository will die immediately with a fatal error if any inconsistency is detected. If set to "correct", the repository will print an error message and correct the inconsistency.
- Host from which NFS service is exported. This must be the host on which the repository process is running.
- UDP port on which NFS service is exported.
- An optional command to run after files are deleted by weeding. See the "Weeding Hooks" section above.
- An optional command to run before files are deleted by weeding. See the "Weeding Hooks" section above.
- Name of the local access control realm. When translating numeric Unix user and group identifiers received through the NFS interface into global names, the repository first converts the numeric id to a name using values from the local /etc/passwd and /etc/group files (or equivalent), then appends @realm to the local name. In addition, the character "^" is used as a prefix for global group names to distinguish them more clearly from user names.
- If this parameter is set to 1, the NFS interface restricts the delete and rename operations in an appendable directory to the system administrator; if 0, they are available to the directory's owner.
- The user with this global name has system administrator access permission to the repository. The root user has complete access permission to all files and directories in the repository, but cannot violate their defined properties; for example, even he cannot modify immutable files and directories. This value is normally set to root@realm.
- This user owns the roots of all volatile directory trees. In fact, because children of volatile and evaluator directories do not have attributes, they always inherit this user as their owner. This user should not be made the owner of anything in the appendable and mutable directory trees. A typical setting for this value would be vruntool@realm.
- One of the functions provided by the ShortId SRPC interface is the right to allocate shortids out of a block of 256 shortids. When a client (the evaluator or weeder) acquires a shortid block, it has exclusive rights to allocate unused shortids from that block for a period of time which can be controlled by this setting. If set it must be a number of seconds that new shortid block leases will be valid. If not set it defaults to 7200 seconds (2 hours). It has a hard minimum of 120 seconds (2 minutes). Normally there is no reason to change this setting.
- Host from which ShortIdSRPC is exported. This must be the host on which the repository process is running.
- Maximum number of ShortId SRPC requests being serviced at once. This parameter is optional. If it's not set, it defaults to 32.
- UDP port on which the SRPC interface that supports SourceOrDerived is exported.
- Maximum number of seconds the server will wait for data from a client during a ShortId SRPC requests. This prevents the server from waiting indefinitely for suspended or misbehaving clients. If it's not set, it defaults to 300 (5 minutes). (Note that the time between individual calls on a connection can be longer than this.)
- The directory tree rooted at metadata_root/sid_dir is used to store source and derived files, with names derived from their ShortIds. The sid_dir must end with "/" (or be empty).
- Sets the number of threads to be forked by the NFS server. Zero means to use the process's main thread only.
- The repository sets its file mode creation mask (umask) to the given value. The default is 022.
- The user with this global name has system administrator access permission to the repository. Also, this user owns the appendable root and mutable root unless they have explicit #owner attributes. The vadmin user has the same permissions as root, except that (1) vadmin cannot create setuid or setgid files that are owned by other users or groups, and (2) through the NFS interface, vadmin cannot read or write files or directories that he does not have permission for according to the ordinary permission bits, but he can freely chmod or chown any file or directory to grant himself access. The conventional setting for this value is vadmin@realm.
- This global group is the owning group of the appendable root, mutable root, and the roots of all volatile directory trees unless they have explicit #group attributes. A typical setting for this value might be ^vadmin@realm.
- Host from which VestaSourceSRPC is exported. This must be the host on which the repository process is running.
- Maximum number of VestaSource SRPC requests being serviced at once. This parameter is optional. If it's not set, it defaults to 32.
- UDP port on which the SRPC interface that supports VDirSurrogate and related classes is exported.
- Maximum number of seconds the server will wait for data from a client during a VestaSource SRPC requests. This prevents the server from waiting indefinitely for suspended or misbehaving clients. If it's not set, it defaults to 300 (5 minutes). (Note that the time between individual calls on a connection can be longer than this.)
- A numeric Unix user id. If none of the values of a source's #owner attribute is of the form user@realm, where realm is the local realm as defined above and user is a locally known user, then when viewed through the NFS interface, the source's owner appears to be vforeign_uid. Typically, one would define a special local Unix user named vforeign for this purpose, and set this value to that user's uid.
- A numeric Unix group id. If none of the values of a source's #group attribute is of the form ^group@realm, where realm is the local realm as defined above and group is a locally known group, then when viewed through the NFS interface, the source's group appears to be vforeign_gid. Typically, one would define a special local Unix group named vforeign for this purpose, and set this value to that group's gid.
- Address where the memory pool should be mmap'ed. This memory must remain contiguous as the pool grows, so a large address should be chosen, well above any other memory that may be allocated. A typical choice would be 0x26600000000. The default is to pass NULL to mmap and let it choose an address, but this does not work well; mmap does not guarantee it will be able to extend the resulting block contiguously.
- Minimum amount to grow the memory pool when it fills. The default is one machine page. A larger size is preferable, say 0x80000 (1/2 megabyte).
- Initial size of the repository's internal memory pool. The default is one machine page. A larger size is preferable, say 0x100000 (one megabyte).
- The repository's internal memory pool has a hard maximum size of 2^32-1 (0xffffffff) bytes. If that limit is reached it could be difficult to recover. For that reason a lower soft limit is placed on the maximum size to call attention when the hard limit is not far off. The soft limit can then be raised, the repository can be brought back up, deletions can be performed, and the weeder can be run to reclaim space. This setting controls the soft limit and defaults to 3.8 GB (0xf0000000 bytes).
- The user with this global name has the same privileges as vadmin, but is also allowed to perform agreement operations, such as deleting children of master appendable directories without leaving a ghost, creating children in nonmaster appendable directories, etc. Except for the initial creation of a globally unique name under /vesta for packages that originate at your site (see warning below), the vwizard feature should be used only in emergencies, since it can create inconsistencies between replicas. A typical setting for this value would be vwizard@realm.
The following users, groups, files, and directories must be present to run the repository.
Users [Repository]root_user, [Repository]vadmin_user, [Repository]runtool_user, and [Repository]vforeign_uid must exist and must all be distinct. User root_user should be root, vadmin_user should be a special account for vesta administration, and everyone_user should be a dummy account with logins disabled. User vforeign_uid should probably also have logins disabled. Users who need access to sources replicated from a repository in another realm and with no local owner defined could be allowed to su to it, but it's probably better to add a local owner to the owner access control list of such sources.
Groups [Repository]vadmin_group and [Repository]vforeign_gid must exist and must be distinct. Group vadmin_group may be a special group for vesta administration, or some standard system group (such as group 0) may be used. Users who need privileged access to sources replicated from a repository in another realm could be made members of vforeign_group, but it's probably better to add a local group to the group access control list of such sources.
The filenames [Repository]group_file, [Repository]alias_file, and [Repository]export_file must all be defined, but they need not all exist. However, if the export file is empty or does not exist, no client hosts will have permission to access the repository.
The repository server must not be run by root! User [Repository]vadmin_user can run it, or another user can be chosen.
The directory configured as [Repository]metadata_root must exist and must be writable by the user who will be running the repository server. So must its subdirectories [Repository]log_dir and [Repository]sid_dir. This directory tree must be used by only one repository process at a time; the repository uses file locking on its log to ensure this.
The directories configured as [UserInterface]AppendableRootName and [UserInterface]MutableRootName must exist and must be owned by the user who will be mounting the repository (if root will not be mounting it). Normally these directories must be created separately on every Vesta client machine because they are on a non-shared filesystem ("/").
After the repository is started and mounted for the first time, the following directories must be created, with access permissions as described. You create these directories and set their permissions in the ordinary way with "mkdir" and "chmod"; you may of course need to "su" to root or to Vesta administrator ([Repository]vadmin_user) to be able to do this.
- The default directory to put new packages in. Ordinarily a subdirectory of the appendable root, named with an Internet domain name belonging to the repository's owner. See the warning below about creating new names under the appendable root. Must be writable by users who will be creating packages here. After creating this directory, you should also "cd" to it and type the command "vattrib -s type package-parent", which tells vcreate(1) that it is okay to create packages in it.
- The default parent directory for mutable working directory trees belonging to individual users. Typically the same as [UserInterface]MutableRootName (that is, /vesta-work), in which case it already exists. If you choose to make this directory writable by all Vesta users, vcheckout(1) will automatically create a subdirectory under it for each user when that user first checks out a package; if not, you will have to create those subdirectories by hand.
- A temporary directory used by the repository tools. Typically /vesta-work/.tmp. Must be writable by all Vesta users.
- A directory used as the mount point for the repository's volatile directory tree. Typically /vesta-work/.volatile. Must be readable and writable by the user(s) who will be mounting the repository.
Warning: Every name created directly under /vesta (more precisely, directly under [UserInterface]AppendableRootName) must be globally unique across all repositories in the universe in the past, present, or future. If you break this rule, your repository will have problems participating in the replication protocol with those repositories that have conflicting names. We strongly recommend that every name you create in this directory be an Internet domain name that belongs to you; if everyone does so, uniqueness is guaranteed. Do not reuse a name unless you are certain that the previous use of the name has been permanently deleted in all repository replicas, including replicas that might be recreated from backup media or the like.
Note: If you do not have a registered domain name of your own, a good alternative is to use a working email address that you intend to keep permanently. Change the "@" to "_" so that the name will not have to be quoted when used in the import section of a Vesta model. For example, if you are an ACM member and have registered the address firstname.lastname@example.org, you could create the Vesta name /vesta/johnsmith_acm.org without fear of causing a naming conflict. This works because "_" is not a legal character in domain names.
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