Overall System Status:
The OpenAFS client for Mac is available for OSX 10.4 onwards. On this page we provide a download link and instructions for the most recent version that Research Computing has tested. openafs.org/macos.html has the official documentation and possibly newer versions of the software.
This is a disk image file (.dmg). If you aren't sure which version you are running, click the Apple icon always at the top left of the screen, and then About this Mac and look for Version.
You should now have an AFS 'mounted server' on your desktop (if your Finder preferences include 'show mounted servers'), and a desktop shortcut to your personal space. In the Finder, AFS space appears as afs in your boot volume (e.g. Macintosh HD). In a Terminal window, AFS space appears under /afs.
The AFS client uses some disk space for file caching. This is 100MB by default, but it may be helpful to increase this. Please ask Research Computing for advice on changing this setting.
To do a clean uninstall of OpenAFS client, use the uninstall program that comes bundled with the installer.
You now have access to AFS space, but you do not have permission to see your own personal files yet. You need to authenticate to AFS by clicking the padlock iconin the top toolbar, and giving it your AFS username and password when prompted. When you are authenticated, the padlock will have no red 'X'. You will now have full access to your files in AFS through the finder or the command line. You now have an AFS token (limited lifetime Kerberos ticket with AFS access privileges). You also have access to any other parts of AFS which your account has been given permission to see (e.g. research group shared space). Your token is good for 25 hours. After that time, the padlock tool will get a red 'X' and you will revert to an unauthenticated user on AFS. The token can be renewed at any time, and longer lifetimes can be arranged.
The desktop shortcuts created in step 8 above will take the Finder directly to your AFS home. You can also drag any AFS folder to the left Finder panel to make a shortcut. This is generally the most convenient way to navigate to shared space.
You can change your AFS password with the kpasswd.afs utility in a Terminal window
% kpasswd.afs afsusername
Last Updated: 2/27/15