NFS server not responding prevents boot

Kip Macy kip.macy at
Sat May 20 12:58:00 PDT 2006

Uhhhhm that is what intr is for - and it won't cause silent data loss.


On 5/19/06, Sergey Babkin <babkin at> wrote:
> >From: Steven Hartland <killing at>
> >> Anyway the big question is how can I change all our NFS
> >> mounts so that failed mounts dont prevent the machines
> >> booting to the point where they can be fixed remotely
> >> i.e. have started sshd.
> >
> >Doh!! spent ages googling for the answer then found it
> >in 2mins of looking through the man pages.
> >
> >The option for anyone interested is "bg" for -b from
> >the command line to mount:
> >[quote="man mount_nfs"]
> >-b
> >If an initial attempt to contact the server fails, fork off a
> I usually use "soft,bg". The "soft" option makes the
> operations on this filesystem fail if the server
> is not available instead of hanging (unkillable!)
> forever and waiting for the server to come up.
> -SB
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