bos_getdate - Displays the time stamps on an AFS binary file


bos getdate -server <machine name> -file <files to check>+ [-dir <destination dir>] [-cell <cell name>] [-noauth] [-localauth] [-principal <authentication principal> [-encrypt [<yes|no>]] [-verbose] [-config <configuration file>] [-help]


The bos getdate command displays the time stamps on the current version, .BAK version (if any) and .OLD version (if any) of each binary file named by the -file argument. (The BOS Server automatically creates .BAK and .OLD versions when new binaries are installed with the bos install command.) The files must reside in the /usr/local/libexec/yfs directory on the server machine named by the -server argument unless the -dir argument indicates an alternate directory.

To revert to the .BAK version of a binary, use the bos uninstall command. To remove obsolete binary files from the /usr/local/libexec/yfs directory, use the bos prune command.


-server <machine name>

Indicates the server machine from which to list binary files. Identify the machine by IP address or its host name (either fully-qualified or abbreviated unambiguously). For details, see bos(8).

All server machines of the same AFS system type show the same timestamps if the binaries were installed properly on the binary distribution machine for this machine's system type, and if all other machines of that type are running the appropriate upclientbin process.

-file <files to check>+

Names each binary file to list.

-dir <destination dir>

Specifies the complete pathname of the local disk directory containing each file named by the -file argument. It is necessary only if the files are not in the /usr/local/libexec/yfs directory.

-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 bos(8).


Assigns the unprivileged identity anonymous to the issuer. Do not combine this flag with the -localauth flag. For more details, see bos(8).


Constructs a server ticket using a key from the local /etc/yfs/server/KeyFileExt file. The bos command interpreter presents the ticket to the BOS Server during mutual authentication. Do not combine this flag with the -cell or -noauth options. For more details, see bos(8).

-principal <authentication principal>

Indicates the principal to be used for authentication. This option can be useful when several credentials caches are available for different principals.

-encrypt [<yes|no>]

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


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.

-config <configuration file>

Sets 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.


For each file specified with the -file argument, the output displays the time stamp on the current (unmarked), .BAK, and .OLD version. The output explicitly reports that a version does not exist, rather than simply omitting it.


The following command examines the time stamps on the files with basename vlserver on the machine

   % bos getdate -server -file vlserver
   File /usr/local/libexec/yfs/vlserver dated Mon Jan 4 10:00:36 1999.
   .BAK file dated Wed Dec 9 18:55:04 1998, no .OLD file.


The issuer must be listed in the /etc/yfs/server/UserListExt or /etc/yfs/server/ReaderList files on the machine named by the -server argument, or must be logged onto a server with an account capable of reading the /etc/yfs/server/KeyFileExt file if the -localauth flag is included.


KeyFileExt(5), bos(8), bos_install(8), bos_prune(8), bos_uninstall(8)


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