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fs_newalias - Creates a new alias for a cell


fs newalias [-alias] <alias name>
[-name] <cell name> [-help]


The fs newalias command is used when the AFS Cache Manager is in Dynamic Root (-dynroot)
mode. It creates a symbolic link in /afs from an alias to the full name of the cell. It
also creates a symbolic link from the alias prepended with "." to the full name of the
cell prepended with ".", the convention for access to the read/write version of the
"root.cell" volume of that cell.

This command is used to supplement aliases created via the CellAlias configuration file
when afsd starts.

Traditionally, these aliases would be created by the local AFS administrator by creating
symbolic links in the "root.afs" volume. Such symlinks do not appear when Dynamic Root is
enabled because, with Dynamic Root, the Cache Manager does not mount or look at the
"root.afs" volume. This alias capability is a replacement that allows such short names to
be created under client control.


Aliases created with fs newalias are only temporary and will be lost when the AFS Cache
Manager is restarted or the client machine is rebooted. In order to make the alias
permanent, it must be put into the CellAlias file.

There is no way to remove an alias once created without restarting the AFS Cache Manager.


-alias <alias name>
This is the short name to which the user wants to map the real cell name.

-name <cell name>
This is the real cell name.

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


This command has no output.


There are two ways to call fs newalias:

% fs newalias openafs openafs.org
% fs newalias -alias openafs -name openafs.org

Both of the above examples create an alias "openafs" for the cell "openafs.org". Two links
will be created in /afs:

/afs/openafs -> /afs/openafs.org
/afs/.openafs -> /afs/.openafs.org


The issuer must be logged in as the local superuser root.

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