Coda File System

Re: CODA client in win98

From: Jan Harkes <>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 16:44:20 -0500
On Wed, Nov 03, 1999 at 12:54:08PM +0000, Brice Ruth wrote:
> Greetings!
> Just wonderin' if anyone else has had problems w/ the CODA client in win98?
>  I am able to install and run all the programs just fine, but I get an error
> message from Venus telling me that it can't get the root volume (the exact message
> escapes me at the moment since I'm at work, not at home).  The CODA server is
> started fine and I'm able to communicate properly with it from a Linux client
> .. I checked out the file that tells Venus where to look for the server and
> tried IPs, host names, different cache sizes, etc.  All to no avail.
> Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!
> Thank you,
> Brice Ruth


You would need a 5.2.x server, there was an rpc2 protocol change with
the 5.3.x release. There are currently no 5.3.x clients for windows
available, more on that later on in this message.

The c:\usr\coda\etc\vstab file should have the ip address of the server,
the djgpp socket library doesn't have (a reliable?) gethostbyname
implementation. You can also use rpc2tcpdump (ftp.coda:/pub/tools/tcpdump/)
on the server or another machine on the same net to see where the win98
client is sending it's packets to. That program probably cannot be
compiled for windows.

There is currently one big problem with the windows port. It seems like
the wrong version of the wrong codadev.vxd was packaged and there is
confusion about whether mcstub needs to be loaded or not. In any case,
we have only been able to run the client successfully on a single
machine since last summer. All other installations have failed, and we
are in the process of figuring out what the differences are.

The result is that even if you use a 5.2.x server, the chances of
getting a BSOD at the first access in Coda is very high. Fixing this is
reasonably high list of things to do, but it will take some time.

Received on 1999-11-03 16:50:25