SUMMARY: rcp.metad

From: Charles M. Gagnon (
Date: Wed Jul 12 2000 - 07:33:31 CDT

No not long ago, I asked if rpc.metad and rpc.metamhd where
absolutely required for ODS systems. Seems like the rpc
daemons are only required for GUI management so I'll leave
them off.

Thanks to:

   John T. Douglass <>
   Mark Sherman <>
   Bill Hathaway <>
   Rachel Polanskis <>

Orginial Question:
> Hey everyone,
> Can someone quickly tell me if:
> rpc.metad
> rpc.metamhd
> are absolutely required for DiskSuite 4.1 or 4.2 to function
> properly on a box. My assumption was that rcp should required
> only for netowkr operations. All that ODS is doing in
> mirroring the root partions locally on the box. No remote
> management funtionality is required.
> I brought a box up without it and the MD are still funtioning
> properly but I'm not sure if I lost some functionality or
> not.

And some of the answers:

On Tue, Jul 11, 2000 at 01:55:21PM -0600, John T. Douglass wrote:
> Required if you are going to use metatool gui. Personally I manage
> ods using metainit, metadb, metastat, etc. and I know for a fact that
> you don't need the two rpc daemons because I always comment them out.
> -- John
> --
> John T. Douglass Phone: 208 533 7992
> Argonne National Laboratory-West Email:

On Tue, Jul 11, 2000 at 04:08:56PM -0400, Mark Sherman wrote:
> rpc is often used for communication between _ processes_ on the same server.
> I can't say for sure, but i'd suspect they are required.

On Tue, Jul 11, 2000 at 04:30:54PM -0400, Bill Hathaway wrote:
> I think you may only need them for using the GUI ( metatool), if you try
> to bring metatool up w/o the rpc services, it takes a long time and most
> things look errored.
> /wdh

On Wed, Jul 12, 2000 at 09:49:56AM +1000, Rachel Polanskis wrote:
> The rpc daemons are used by the GUI.
> rachel
> Rachel Polanskis University of Western Sydney, Nepean
> Senior UNIX Admin PO Box 10, Kingswood NSW 2747
> Systems && Operations Information Technology Services, Kingswood
> Phone: +61 (0247) 360 291

On Wed, Jul 12, 2000 at 06:49:59AM -0400, wrote:
> I assumed that since DiskSuite was part of Solstice, that those daemons were
> the engine that allows you to remotely manage your disks via the Solstice
> management utils...
> I have always turned it off, as I don't trust RPC, and I have never had an
> issue with my disks.
> Carl

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