November 28, 2007
OpenAFS 1.4.5 upgrade
In response to recent reports of users who have encountered the dreaded spinning wheel of death while trying to access their AFS space, we have further investigated and identified the following relevant log messages:
kernel: Starting AFS cache scan... waiting for afs_osi_ctxtp
kernel:  waiting for afs_osi_ctxtp
It appears that the OpenAFS cache code problem has resurfaced and is causing the Finder to occasionally choke.
Accordingly, we plan to test and upgrade to OpenAFS 1.4.5 for Winter Term since it contains numerous panic fixes and touts improved stability.
November 26, 2007
Mac OS X 10.4.11 is here ... finally
We have deployed the much awaited Mac OS X 10.4.11 update to our West zone Mac workstations:
Union Fourth Floor
Union Tap Room
This final Mac OS X 10.4 update contains more than two dozen fixes and also includes the final version of Safari 3.0 for Tiger.
Presuming we do not encounter any aberrant system behavior or problems related to these systems "fixes", we plan on deploying this system update site-wide later this week.
Update 12-4-2007: Due to some problems with Safari's download preferences, we've delayed the large-scale deployment of 10.4.11. Thanks to the current software freeze, we're going to wait until December 24th to deploy the update.
November 01, 2007
We've been noticing that on some newly-deployed Macs, the directory /afs is never created during the initial load. This causes OpenAFS to fail to start, leaving IFS home directories inaccessible to users. To fix this, I edited the OpenAFS startup item (/Library/StartupItems/OpenAFS/OpenAFS) to include a function that creates the directory if it doesn't exist. This should ensure that IFS home directories are properly mounted for all users.