vos_status - Reports a Volume Server's transaction status


vos status -server <machine name> -id <volume group id> [-cell <cell name>] [-noauth] [-auth] [-localauth] [-encrypt [<yes|no>]] [-verbose] [-noresolve] [-config <configuration file>] [-help]


The vos status command displays the list of in-progress transactions (if any). If there are no active transactions, the following message appears:

   No active transactions on <machine_name>

This command is useful mainly if there is concern that the File Server is not performing requested actions.


-server <server name>

Identifies the File Server for which to display status information. Provide a fully qualified host name, an IP address or UUID as reported by vos listfs.

-id <volume group id>

Restrict the volserver status query to transactions involving members of the volume group specified.

-cell <cell name>

Names the cell in which to run the command. Do not combine this argument with the -localauth flag. For more details, see vos.


Assigns the unprivileged identity anonymous to the issuer. Do not combine this flag with the -localauth flag. For more details, see vos.


Obtains an authentication token using the server encryption key with the highest key version number in the local /etc/yfs/server/KeyFileEx file. The resulting token never expires and has Super User privileges. Do not combine this flag with the -cell argument or -noauth flag. For more details, see vos.


Use the calling user's tokens from the kernel or as obtained using the active Kerberos ticket granting ticket to communicate with the Volume Server and Location Service. This is the default if neither -localauth nor -noauth is given.

Since this option is the default, it is usually not useful for running single command line operations. However, it can be useful when running commands via vos interactive or vos source, since otherwise it would be impossible to switch from, for example, -localauth back to using regular tokens during a bulk operation.


Produces on the standard output stream a detailed trace of the command's execution. If this argument is omitted, only warnings and error messages appear.

-encrypt [<yes|no>]

Enables or disables encrytion for the command so that the operation's results are not transmitted across the network in clear text.


Shows all servers as IP addresses instead of the reverse DNS lookup hostname. -noresolve useful when troubleshooting no such volume and volume moved errors.

-config <configuration file>

Set the location of the configuration file to be used. The default file is /etc/yfs/yfs-client.conf.


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


There are two possible types of output.

The following message indicates that the Volume Server is not currently performing any actions.

   No active transactions on I<machine name>

The other possible output is information describing the number of and state of active Volume Server transactions. For each transaction the following fields are displayed:

Many volume transactions involve the execution of one or more remote procedure calls. For each call the following details are reported:

The endpoint, dataRead and dataSent fields are unavailable when the Volume Server is IBM AFS or OpenAFS.


The following example illustrates the kind of output that sometimes appears when the File Server is executing a dump at the time this command is issued.

   % vos status
   transaction: 575  created: Tue Jan 2 8:34:56 1990  lastActiveTime: Tue Jan 2 8:36:36 1990
   attachFlags: offline
   volume: 536871080  group: 536871080  partition: /vicepb procedure: Dump
   calls: 1
   1. from
      dataRead: 1609 lastReceiveTime: Tue Jan 2 8:34:57 1990
      dataSent: Tue Jan 2 8:34:56 1990  lastSendTime: Tue Jan 2 8:36:36 1990
      error: 0


The issuer must be listed in the /etc/yfs/server/UserListExt file on the File Server specified by the -server argument and on each Location Server. If the -localauth flag is included, the issuer must instead be logged on to a server with an account capable of reading the /etc/yfs/server/KeyFileExt file.




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