upserver - Initializes the server portion of the Update Server


upserver [<directory>+] [-crypt <directory>+] [-clear <directory>+] [-auth <directory>+] [-help]


The upserver command initializes the server portion of the Update Server (the upserver process). In the conventional configuration, its binary file is located in the /usr/afs/bin directory on a file server machine.

The upserver command is not normally issued at the command shell prompt but rather placed into a file server machine's /usr/afs/local/BosConfig file with the bos create command. If it is ever issued at the command shell prompt, the issuer must be logged onto a database server machine as the local superuser root.

The upserver command specifies which of the directories on the local disk are eligible for distribution in response to requests from the client portion of the Update Server (the upclient process) running on other machines. If no directories are specified, the upserver process distributes the contents of any directory on its local disk.

The upserver process can distribute a directory's contents in encrypted or unencrypted form. By default, it does not use encryption unless an upclient process requests it (this default is equivalent to setting the -clear flag). When the -crypt flag is provided, the upserver process only fulfills requests for encrypted transfer.

The upclient and upserver processes always mutually authenticate, whether or not the data they pass is encrypted; they use the key with the highest key version number in the /usr/afs/etc/KeyFile file to construct a server ticket for mutual authentication.

This command does not use the syntax conventions of the AFS command suites. Provide the command name and all option names in full.


Do not use the Update Server to distribute the contents of the /usr/afs/etc directory without the -crypt flag. The contents of this directory are sensitive.



Names each directory to distribute in unencrypted form (because they appear before the first -crypt or -clear flag on the command line). If this argument is omitted, all directories on the machine's local disk are eligible for distribution.

-crypt <directory>+

Precedes a list of one or more directories that the upserver process distributes only in encrypted form.

-clear <directory>+

Precedes a list of one or more directories that the upserver process distributes in unencrypted form unless the upclient process requests them in encrypted form. Use this argument only if a list of directories headed by the -crypt flag precedes it on the command line.

-auth <directory>+

Precedes a list of one or more directories which the upserver process distributes using a form of encryption that is intermediate in complexity and security between the unencrypted and encrypted levels set by the -clear and -crypt arguments. Do not use this argument, because the upclient process does not have a corresponding argument that it can use to request data transfer at this level.


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


The following example bos create command defines and starts an upserver process on the host machine The last parameter (enclosed in quotes) instructs the upserver process to distribute the contents of the /usr/afs/bin directory in unencrypted form and the contents of the /usr/afs/etc directory in encrypted form.

   % bos create  -server -instance upserver -type simple \
       -cmd "/usr/afs/bin/upserver /usr/afs/bin -crypt /usr/afs/etc"


The issuer must be logged in as the superuser root on a file server machine to issue the command at a command shell prompt. It is conventional instead to create and start the process by issuing the bos create command.


BosConfig(5), bos_create(8), upclient(8)


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