September 2013 Archives

RedHat Enterprise Linux and NFS Mounts

In a recent review of a system, something jumped out at us:

dr-xr-xr-x.   5 root root     3072 Jun 22 06:24 boot
d??????????   ? ?    ?           ?            ? nfsdir
drwxr-xr-x.  18 root root     3820 Jul 19 12:00 dev

This made utterly no sense. Assuming we had filesystem damage, we made preparations to bring the server down and run fsck(8) to repair the filesystem.

Then another admin decided to remount the filesystem, ordinarily used for NFS, at which point, the ownership/permission information reappeared. The root cause was determined to be a stale NFS mount. Well, problem solved. I wish they were all this easy.

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