Problems with RHEL 5 server: NFS related?
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> Subject: Problems with RHEL 5 server: NFS related?
> Hello list.
> We experienced some problems with one of our RHEL 5 servers, but are
> difficulties finding the cause. Before we got the chance to gather
> information I had to reboot the server, and are left with little
> about the state before reboot. For what it's worth I'll outline the
> we saw, just in case someone has experienced a similar thing and knows
> something what may have caused these problems.
> The symptoms we saw were these:
> 1. Running "ls" a particular folder gave us an input/output error.
> folder is exported read only as an NFS share, and was mounted on a
> 2. Running "/etc/init.d/nfs stop" resulted in a error containing
> "Shutting down NFS services: exportfs: could not open
> /var/lib/nfs/etab for
> locking" and "rm: cannot remove `/var/lock/subsys/nfs': Read-only
> 3. Both the Red Hat Satellite probe and syslog (an possibly others)
> stopped working at approximately the same time.
> First we thought the problems had something to do with NFS because of
> first two elements in the list above. But we don't see why a read only
> would case such problems. And the syslog/probe issues doesn't seem to
> related to NFS. Furthermore, we don't see any indication of file
> hardware problems.
> In short, we're not sure what exactly caused these problems, but a
> seems to have done the trick. And since we didn't get to gather much
> it's very difficult to get to the bottom of this. But does anyone have
> idea on what kind of problem source may cause the symptoms described
> Maybe this is a well known bug of some kind.
> Please ask me for further details if needed.
Did you check if the filesystem(s) were mounted RW?
Note that you can't always trust the output of mount.
We ran into a kernel bug on some of our virtual servers a while ago
where a file system became read-only in the event of busy I/O retry or
path failover of the ESX Server's SAN storage (details available at
Even though mount showed the file system mounted rw the file system was
in fact write-protected as trying to remount it showed:
# mount -o remount,rw /
mount: block device /dev/rootvg/rootlv is write-protected, mounting
Considering 2 of your symptoms indicate a problem with the file system
you might want to investigate in this direction.
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