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VOS_RENAME(1) AFS Command Reference VOS_RENAME(1)


vos_rename - Renames a volume


vos rename -oldname <old volume name>
-newname <new volume name>
[-cell <cell name>]
[-noauth] [-localauth]
[-verbose] [-encrypt] [-noresolve]
[-config <config directory>]

vos ren -o <old volume name>
-ne <new volume name>
[-c <cell name>] [-noa] [-l] [-v] [-e] [-nor]
[-co <config directory>]


The vos rename command changes the name of the read/write volume specified with the -oldname argument to the name specified with the -newname argument. The names of the read/write's read-only copies and backup copy, if any, change automatically to match.

After issuing this command, remember to correct any mount points that refer to the old volume name, by removing the old mount point with the fs rmmount command and creating a new one with the fs mkmount command.


Is the current name or numeric id of the read/write volume to be renamed.
Is the desired new name for the volume.

The new name may be the same as the current volume name in the VLDB in order to complete a previously interrupted volume rename.

Names the cell in which to run the command. Do not combine this argument with the -localauth flag. For more details, see vos(1).
Assigns the unprivileged identity "anonymous" to the issuer. Do not combine this flag with the -localauth flag. For more details, see vos(1).
Constructs a server ticket using a key from the local /etc/openafs/server/KeyFile file. The vos command interpreter presents it to the Volume Server and Volume Location Server during mutual authentication. Do not combine this flag with the -cell argument or -noauth flag. For more details, see vos(1).
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.
Encrypts the command so that the operation's results are not transmitted across the network in clear text. This option is available in OpenAFS versions 1.4.11 or later and 1.5.60 or later.
Shows all servers as IP addresses instead of the DNS name. This is very useful when the server address is registered as or when dealing with multi-homed servers. This option is available in OpenAFS versions 1.4.8 or later and 1.5.35 or later.
Set the location of the configuration directory to be used. This defaults to /etc/openafs, except if -localauth is specified, in which case the default is /etc/openafs/server. This option allows the use of alternative configuration locations for testing purposes.
Prints the online help for this command. All other valid options are ignored.


The vos rename command produces no output if the command succeeds.

If the volume named by the -oldname argument does not exist, the following message appears:

   vos: Could not find entry for volume <old volume name>.


The following example changes the mistaken volume name "sun4x_56.afsws" to the correct alternative "sun4x_56.usr.afsws".

   % vos rename -oldname sun4x_56.afsws -newname sun4x_56.usr.afsws


The issuer must be listed in the /etc/openafs/server/UserList file on the machine specified with the -server argument and on each database server machine. If the -localauth flag is included, the issuer must instead be logged on to a server machine as the local superuser "root".




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