advfsd - Starts the AdvFS graphical user interface (GUI) daemon
The AdvFS daemon, advfsd, is a process required by the AdvFS GUI
(dtadvfs). The advfsd daemon issues commands and obtains system informa-
tion on behalf of the AdvFS GUI.
The /usr/var/advfs/daemon/socket/hosts.allow file contains a list of all
hosts on which the advfsd daemon will allow the AdvFS GUI to run. This
file can be edited to add or remove hosts. Each host name must be on a
separate line. For example:
The /usr/var/advfs/daemon/socket/gui.passwd file, if it exists, is used by
advfsd to force a dtadvfs user to enter a unique password when attempting
to connect to the host. The first line of this file is the unique password
required by the GUI. For example:
For security reasons, do not use the password of the root user or any
other user; make up a unique name and do not encrypt it.
The advfsd daemon allows Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) clients
such as NetView or Performance Manager (PM) to request AdvFS file system
information. SNMP clients cannot issue system configuration commands to
the advfsd daemon.
The advfsd daemon is automatically started at boot time. Under normal
conditions, this daemon does not need to be run manually.
If you do not want to have the daemon started at boot time, move the
/sbin/rc3.d/s53advfsd file from its default location to another directory
and run it from that directory. Whenever you want to run the daemon at
boot time, move the s53advfsd file back to the /sbin/rc3.d directory.
The daemon (called an agent in the dtadvfs GUI interface) employs a file,
/usr/var/advfs/daemon/disks.ignore, in which you can place the names of
disks that the daemon will ignore when it gathers information about disks
on the system. If you use the disks.ignore file, you can improve the per-
formance of the dtadvfs GUI.
Each line in the disks.ignore file contains the name of a disk (with no
directory partition letter) to be ignored by the daemon. For example, to
cause the disks /dev/disk/dsk3d and /dev/disk/dsk2g to be ignored, enter
the following names on separate lines in the file:
You cannot ignore an LSM volume by including the LSM volume name in the
disks.ignore file; you must list the disks from which the LSM volume is
built. To ignore a complete disk group, you must list all the disks in it.
Because all partitions on the listed disks will be ignored, unexpected
results may occur if a disk has partitions belonging to more than one disk
The disks.ignore file is processed each time the disks are checked. This
means that if a disk fails or becomes unavailable, you can add the disk
name to the disks.ignore file and the daemon will ignore it. Once the disk
is available, remove the entry from the file. There is no need to stop the
For more information, see the GUI interface reference page , dtadvfs(8).
Only one advfsd daemon can be running on a system at a given time. If a
second advfsd daemon attempts to start, it will fail.
You must be the root user to use this utility and you must register the
Advanced File System Utilities license.
The script that starts the advfsd daemon at boot time.
The advfsd message catalog.
The SNMP data files.
The sh scripts used by the daemon to execute commands.
The advfsd daemon executable.
The advfsd daemon message log file. Remove or copy this log to another
location periodically to prevent the log from becoming too large.
The security file that lists all hosts with permission to connect to
the advfsd daemon with the AdvFS GUI (dtadvfs).
The advfsd password file.
The file that lists all disks for the advfsd daemon to ignore when col-
lecting statistics about resources.