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Bug 29374 - file locking over NFS not working
file locking over NFS not working
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
high Severity high
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Assigned To: Pete Zaitcev
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-02-25 07:07 EST by Thilo Mezger
Modified: 2005-10-31 17:00 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-03-08 16:57:46 EST
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excerpt from log file (550 bytes, text/plain)
2001-02-25 07:08 EST, Thilo Mezger
no flags Details
detailed scenario again (840 bytes, text/plain)
2001-02-27 13:47 EST, Thilo Mezger
no flags Details
strace output of running pine (1.01 KB, text/plain)
2001-02-27 13:49 EST, Thilo Mezger
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Description Thilo Mezger 2001-02-25 07:07:49 EST
My test environment looks like this:

The NFS server ("argos") is running Red Hat Linux 7.0 with all updates 
applied and it did a very good job serving RHL7.0 NFS clients.

My Wolverine test machine ("silicad") is mounting /home via NFS and 
automount from the server.  As soon as a process tries to lock a file 
(e.g. pine locking the mailbox or konquerer locking its bookmarks file) 
the system is hanging and it looks like the server is away - but it isn't.

Everything works fine there are only 7.0 machines in the network.

The clients syslogs to a loghost.  Logs are attached.
Comment 1 Thilo Mezger 2001-02-25 07:08:25 EST
Created attachment 11020 [details]
excerpt from log file
Comment 2 Bob Matthews 2001-02-26 11:27:51 EST
Can you strace the process which is doing the locking and attach the output? 
I'd like to know where it is getting stuck or spinning.
Comment 3 Glen Foster 2001-02-26 18:57:03 EST
We (Red Hat) should really try to resolve this before next release.
Comment 4 Thilo Mezger 2001-02-27 13:47:40 EST
Created attachment 11220 [details]
detailed scenario again
Comment 5 Thilo Mezger 2001-02-27 13:49:02 EST
Created attachment 11221 [details]
strace output of running pine
Comment 6 Thilo Mezger 2001-02-27 13:50:22 EST
running "/usr/sbin/nhfsstone /home/joe" on a directory which is mounted via NFS 
turned out to be a good test case:

- it works with Guinness
- it fails with Wolverine
Comment 7 Jeff Johnson 2001-03-07 15:26:17 EST
I failed to reproduce the problem using nhfstone with
	client	kernel-2.4.0-0.43.12smp	nfs-utils-0.2.1-10
	server	kernel-2.2.16-7		nfs-utils-0.2-2
all using nfsv2 on udp.

I also tried nfs-utils-0.3.1 on both sides, no problem, and tried
kernel-2.4.2-0.1.20smp on
the client as well, still no problem.

I also tried using pine/mutt with /var/spool/mail mounted on client, while
the protocol using tcpdump, no propblem

So, can you supply the exact packages for kernel/nfs-utils/pine installed on
both client and

Could also try your nhfstone failure on a manually mounted (no autofs)


Comment 8 Thilo Mezger 2001-03-08 16:39:12 EST
Server ("Guinness" with all official patches applied and nothing else):
Client ("Wolverine" as is):

OK, I tried both now: auto-mounted and manually mounted filesystems.  Both 
worked now and I wasn't able to reproduce my bug anymore.

It's too bad I changed my network card from a NE2000 compatible 10MBit/s to a 
3COM 100MBit/s network - now everything works for me.

This is really strange as I was able to reproduce this bug for about 3 times 
(i.e. re-installing for 3 times).  And the old network-card with RHL7.0 on 
both client and server had always worked perfectly which made me think that it 
was Wolverine...

Still, I don't really understand what has happened here - I suppose it might 
have something to do with the ne2000 driver...?!  God knows...
Comment 9 Bob Matthews 2001-03-08 16:56:18 EST
We have had one other report of a problem with the NE2000, although it was
generating a kernel hang.
Comment 10 Arjan van de Ven 2001-03-19 10:46:25 EST
I will close this fixed as there is no way this can be reproduced anymore
and it works now; I have a similar situation (also not ne2000) that works just

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