Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 65016
NFS client hangs on shutdown
Last modified: 2005-10-31 17:00:50 EST
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Description of problem:
The nfs client hangs on shutdown and is not able to unmount my home directory
from my 7.2 server. I have my home directory mounted on the server.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Setup 7.2 nfs server
2.setup client with home directory on server
3.login to gnome then logout
4.shutdown, nfs hangs
Actual Results: On shutdown the client gives several messages about being
unable to unmount the directory as the filesystem is busy. I attempted to
isolate the problem by logging in as root and trying to unmount manually
the /home directory but it would still not unmount. The last messages from the
shutdown said 'illegal seek'
Expected Results: The previous version of RH 7.2 had a similar problem but I
was able to shutdown by making sure no processes were running. The nfs client
should be able to stop any client processes on shutdown to cleanly stop the
This is a really bad bug. Messages such as illegal seek leave me feeling that
there is some sort of data loss on shutdown, even though I know no processes
are running. This is so bad as to make me think seriously about uninstalling
7.3 and going back to 7.2. It shouldn't happen and should of been caught and
fixed in testing before 7.3 went out the door.
This happens when the "gconfd-1" program is still running. From the
* Mon Mar 25 2002 Havoc Pennington <email@example.com>
- apply patch from CVS to exit after 2 minutes of non-use (vs. 15 previously)
- update URL
This happens to me on the autofs or netfs kill scripts if I choose "reboot" from
the gnome logout on any NFS mounted home account.
The way I fixed it was to add the line to either autofs, or netfs right under
the "stop)" portion:
/bin/kill -1 `/sbin/pidof gconfd-1` 2>/dev/null
On a client machine, it allows the the system to unmount the users home account
cleanly. It also keeps the lock daemon from erroring during the halt script
Hopefully GConf works better with NFS home accounts, from Bug 64757 it is hard
to use Gnome with NFS homes, even with the /etc/orbitrc file.
As I said above, I made sure that no client processes were running by killing
them all before I shutdown. I also added a line to the logout script to kill off
gconfd. Nothing helps as the NFS server doesn't seemed to be notified by the
client and the lock isn't released.
This bug is fixed by the 2.4.18-5 kernel update which apparently contained nfs