SUPSERVERS(8) System Manager's Manual SUPSERVERS(8)
supfilesrv, supscan - sup server processes
supfilesrv [ -4 ] [ -6 ] [ -d ] [ -l ] [ -q ] [ -N ] [ -P ] [ -C
supscan [ -v ] [ -s ] [ collection ] [ basedir ]
Supfilesrv is the server processes used to interact with sup client
processes via the IP/TCP network protocol. This server normally is
expected to be running on server machines at all times. Each machine
with files of interest to users on other machines is expected to be a
file server and should run supfilesrv.
A file server machine will service requests for both "private" and
"system" file collections. No special action is necessary to support
private collections, as the client user is expected to supply all
necessary information. For system collections, if the base directory
is not the default (see FILES below), an entry must be put into the
directory list file; this entry is a single text line containing the
name of the collection, one or more spaces, and the name of the base
directory for that collection.
Each collection should have an entry in the host list file; this entry
is a single text line containing the name of the collection, one or
more spaces, and the name of the host machine acting as file server for
Details of setting up a file collection for the file server are
described in the manual entry for sup(1).
Supfilesrv generally runs as a network server process that listens for
connections, and for each connection (double-)forks a process to handle
the interaction with the client. However, with the -d flag, no forking
will take place: the server will listen for a network connection,
handle it, and exit. This is useful for debugging the servers in
"live" mode rather than as daemons.
For debugging purposes, the -P "debugging ports" flag can be used. It
will cause the selection of an alternate, non-privileged set of TCP
ports instead of the usual ports, which are reserved for the active
server processes. The -N "network debugging" flag can be used to
produce voluminous messages describing the network communication
progress and status. The more -N switches that you use the more output
you get. Use 3 (separated by spaces: -N -N -N) to get a complete record
of all network messages. Log messages are printed by syslog on
daemon.log . To suppress log messages, the -q "quiet" flag can be used.
supfilesrv uses libwrap style access control (the /etc/hosts.allow and
/etc/hosts.deny files) with service name "supfilesrv". The -l "log"
flag turn on loggin of accepted connections (denied connections are
Normally the supfilesrv will only respond to 3 requests simultaneously,
forking a child process for each client. If it gets additional requests
it will respond with the error FSSETUPBUSY. The -C MaxChildren switch
can be used to increase (or decrease) this number.
supfilesrv listens to IPv4 listening socket by default. With the -6
flag, it will listen to IPv6 listening socket. For dual stack support
you will want to run two instances of supfilesrv.
It is possible to pre-compile a list of the files in a collection to
make supfilesrv service that collection much faster. This can be done
by running supscan on the desired collection on the repository machine.
This produces a list of all the files in the collection at the time of
the supscan; subsequent upgrades will be based on this list of files
rather than actually scanning the disk at the time of the upgrade. Of
course, the upgrade will consequently bring the client machine up to
the status of the repository machine as of the time of the supscan
rather than as of the time of the upgrade; hence, if supscan is used,
it should be run periodically on the collection. This facility is
useful for extremely large file collections that are upgraded many
times per day, such as the CMU UNIX system software. The "verbose"
flag -v will cause supscan to produce output messages as it scans the
files in the collection. The "system" flag -s will cause supscan to
scan all system collections residing on the current host. The basedir
parameter must be specified if the collection is a private collection
whose base directory is not the default.
/usr default base directory for a collection
base directory list for system collections
host name list for system collections
files used by file server (see sup(1))
list file used by supscan to create file list
file list created by supscan from list file
sup(1) hosts_access(5) hosts_options(5)
The SUP Software Upgrade Protocol, S. A. Shafer, CMU Computer Science
The file server places log messages on the standard and diagnostic
output files. The process name and process id number generally
accompany each message for diagnostic purposes.
31-July-92 Mary Thompson (mrt) at Carnegie Mellon University
Removed references to supnameserver which has not existed for a
long time. Update a few file names. Added -C switch.
21-May-87 Glenn Marcy (gm0w) at Carnegie-Mellon University
Updated documentation for 4.3; changed /usr/cmu to /usr/cs.
15-Jan-86 Glenn Marcy (gm0w) at Carnegie-Mellon University
Updated documentation; -s switch to supscan.
23-May-85 Steven Shafer (sas) at Carnegie-Mellon University
Supscan created and documented; also -N flag.
04-Apr-85 Steven Shafer (sas) at Carnegie-Mellon University