Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 58106
NFS mounted home directories hang at login
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:38:55 EDT
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Description of problem:
I have two systems both running RH7.2, kernel 2.4.9-13 and nfs-utils-0.3.1-
188.8.131.52. I have home directories mounted to from system a to system b. I am
able to mount the nfs filesystem on say /mnt and access it. But when mounting
it on a user's home, the system hangs at a user login(either ssh,console or
su - username). I receive the following messages:
System B: nfs client
nfs: server www2 not responding, still trying
kernel: nfs: task 29 can't get a request slot (over and over with different
System A (nfs-server)
rpc.mountd: authenticated mount request from xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:933 for /home
System A /etc/exports is as follows:
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Mount an nfs home directory, and perform some type of login
Actual Results: System hangs, and cpu load increases to about 8.00
Expected Results: normal login with a home directory
The systems are clean RH7.2 installs. The home directory mounting has worked
in the past with these systems, but since I have run updates, it is failing.
any idea which kind of network cards are involved?
Yes, they are eepro100's. The client system is a Compaq DL360 and the server
is a Compaq ML570. One other note is the server is using ext3 as a
I have more information on recreating the problem. I am able to login using a
stripped down user home. I must have had a script that writes to my home at
login. The problem actually occurs when I go to write to that home directory
with a program like ncftp. That is when the session hangs and spikes the
CPU. If I touch a file, or vi a small file (and add text) it seems ok. I
mounted the server filesystem with and without user/group quotas, it does not
seem to make a difference.
I changed the NIC driver to the e100 driver offered by Compaq for both the
DL360 and the ML570. I still experience the same problem. I found a
gentleman on Google groups that is having the same problem. He is what he has
the e100 driver is generally much worse so I'm not surprised it doesn't fix
things. The link is interested in that 2.4.9-12 would work, while that's
basically the same kernel (with the only change being the XFree86 3D
However 7.1 machines usually don't use ext3 but ext2, maybe that is the issue.
I just formatted one of the partition on the nfs server machine ext2 and
exported it. Made no difference. I also tried exporting an ext3 partition to
a non-smp capable system, a Compaq DeskPro (eepro100); no problems. I was
able to do quite a bit of i/o to the nfs mounted fs.
This seems to be fixed in later kernels.