Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 83462
Users with NFS home directory cannot log in
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:05 EDT
Description of problem:
Users whose home directory is on an nfs-mounted disk cannot login. The message
box states Could not lock /users/jay/.gconf-test-locking-file. The /users disk
resides on a Tru-64 Unix system. The error box suggests that nfslock may be
disabled, but it is enabled. It says that the error reported is Permission
Denied (errno=13). I even tried giving the Red Hat system root privelege on
this disk, but it made no difference. The problem occurs only with Linux 8.0;
all previous Red Hat Linux systems were able to log in without problems. This
has made version 8.0 completely unusable for us, since all of our users have
their home directories mounted remotely.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Red Hat Linux 8.0
Steps to Reproduce:
http://www.gnome.org/projects/gconf/ has a workaround, search for
Other than that all you can really do is get Tru64 NFS fixed to support locking.
POSIX locking has been standard for many many years, and NFS is supposed to
We have a long term plan to avoid the need to lock in the user's home directory,
but not something that can be fixed simply.