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Bug 9273 - can't get a request slot
can't get a request slot
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
All Linux
high Severity high
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Assigned To: Arjan van de Ven
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2000-02-09 13:52 EST by kirk.erickson
Modified: 2005-10-31 17:00 EST (History)
2 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2003-06-10 14:45:06 EDT
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Notes from my search for a fix (16.40 KB, text/plain)
2000-02-09 14:08 EST, kirk.erickson
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Description kirk.erickson 2000-02-09 13:52:41 EST
I have my home directory on my home machine, and NFS mount it at work:
dsl-tor:/ on /hosts/dsl-tor type nfs (rw,addr=
When I attempt to copy a large file to work, or access a large file
(for example, rpm -q -l -p apache-1.3.9-4.src.rpm) a series of the
following messages appear in /var/log/messages at work:

Feb  9 09:24:48 gnu kernel: nfs: task 4235 can't get a request slot

I must reboot the work machine (client) to clear the failure.

Others have reported the failure, but I've searched for days now for
a fix and come up empty handed.  Trond wrote:

The messages themselves just mean that the RPC layer is congested, and
that a backlog of messages waiting to be sent is building up. Whenever
one of these messages times out, it issues the 'task xxx can't get a
request slot' error.

Please try to update the 'mount' utility, and then use something like
'mount -onolock server:/directory /mountpoint' since the userland NFS
does not support locking. If you still see the 'task xxx can't get a
request slot' message, please contact me directly via email as I am
the one responsible for the NFS changes in ac5.

I've been unable to find a new 'mount' utililty.
I'd like to help isolate the failure, but I don't know how to proceed...
Comment 1 kirk.erickson 2000-02-09 14:08:59 EST
Created attachment 106 [details]
Notes from my search for a fix
Comment 2 kirk.erickson 2000-02-09 16:44:59 EST
Tried turning off autofs, and using amd instead.
Same failure.
Comment 3 kirk.erickson 2000-07-24 15:55:45 EDT
Continued to see this problem under stcok 6.2,
and the latest kernel:  2.2-16-3.

Every Saturday morning, when I back up my home directory
(on my home machine) to my work machine this failure occurs.
The system locks up, and requires a <RESET> and manual
fsck to recover.
Comment 4 Cristian Gafton 2000-08-08 22:33:54 EDT
assigned to johnsonm
Comment 5 Alan Cox 2003-06-10 14:45:06 EDT
Closing old 2.2 related bug. All our errata are now 2.4 based so this bug
doesn't contain information we believe is worth keeping

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