Linux NFS client hangs

Linux NFS client hangs

Post by Eu » Wed, 14 Jun 2000 04:00:00


I've installed SuSE 6.4 in two machines connected by Ethernet
and I'm now trying to setup a NFS filesystem, to no success.
The network works perfectly, I can telnet between them with no
problems, but I can't access files on the server through NFS.
The problem is :

-I can mount the NFS filesystem on the client.
-I can navigate (cd, ls, dir) through the directories on the NFS
-When I try to either read or write a file on the NFS then the
process (not the system) hangs indefinitly (well I only waited
for 5 minutes...)
-The only way to resume operation on the hung console is to,
using another virtual console, do a kill -9 on the rpciod
process running on the client.

This is a typical scenario : I mount the NFS, cd to some
directory in it, use emacs to create a new file; when I try to
save it emacs hangs. I change to another virtual console, log on
to the client, telnet to the server and everything works, but
emacs still is hung.
Another scenario : I mount the NFS, cd to some directory (any
inside the NFS filesystem), do a cat to a existing file and it
hangs. But again both system respond and I can work on both of

The server is running Apache, Samba and obviously a NFS server
(userspace). The client is running Samba.

The relevant file are :

- Contents of EXPORTS on server --------------------------------


- RPCINFO -p on server -----------------------------------------

   program vers proto   port
    100000    2   tcp    111  portmapper
    100000    2   udp    111  portmapper
    100005    1   udp    856  mountd
    100005    2   udp    856  mountd
    100005    1   tcp    859  mountd
    100005    2   tcp    859  mountd
    100003    2   udp   2049  nfs
    100003    2   tcp   2049  nfs

- FSTAB file on client (clipped) -------------------------------  /mnt/nfs                  nfs
hard,intr,user,rw,dev,exec,suid,noauto 0   0

- MOUNT command on client --------------------------------------

mount /mnt/nfs

The server is an AMD5x86/133 with 16 MB and the client is an
Athlon 500 with 128 MB (the server is a 'leftover system').

Thanks in advance,

Carlos A. R. Azevedo

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Linux NFS client hangs

Post by Eu » Fri, 16 Jun 2000 04:00:00

Never mind, I've found a fix : rsize = wsize = 1024.

Carlos A. R. Azevedo

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