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       CellAlias - Maps cell names to aliases in /afs


       The CellAlias file is used when the AFS Cache Manager is Dynamic Root
       (-dynroot) mode. It creates symbolic links in the dynamic root that
       link an alias for a cell (usually a short name) to the full name for
       the cell.

       The most common use of this configuration file is to allow short names
       for frequently used cell names. Traditionally, such short names would
       be created by the local AFS administrator by creating symbolic links in
       the "root.afs" volume. Such symlinks do not appear when Dynamic Root is
       enabled because, with Dynamic Root, the Cache Manager does not mount or
       look at the "root.afs" volume. CellAlias is a replacement that allows
       such short names to be created under the client control.

       If you configure a short name mapping such as "ir" for
       "", the mapping of ".ir" to "" for the
       read/write version of the "root.cell" volume for that cell will be
       created automatically. There is no need to list that alias separately
       (and it is listed separately, afsd will report an error on startup).

       The contents of the CellAlias file should consist of one line of two
       whitespace-separated columns per alias. The first column is the real
       name of the cell, and the second column is the alias that should be


       The following CellAlias file:


       results in the following symbolic links:

          /afs/.openafs  ->  /afs/
          /afs/openafs   ->  /afs/
          /afs/.uncc     ->  /afs/
          /afs/uncc      ->  /afs/


       fs_newalias(1), fs_listaliases(1), afsd(8)


       Copyright 2007 Jason Edgecombe <>

       This documentation is covered by the BSD License as written in the
       doc/LICENSE file. This man page was written by Jason Edgecombe for