FreeBSD NFS server & Linux clients

Dan Nelson dnelson at
Wed Dec 5 08:06:00 PST 2007

In the last episode (Dec 05), Ian said:
> I'm trying to get some opensuse 10.3 clients to access nfs shares on
> a FreeBSD 5.5 server. It works fine most of the time, but every so
> often when using big programs like openoffice & firefox, the program
> will stop responding for a couple of minutes.
> After doing some googling, I enabled lockd & statd enabled on the
> FBSD server - before I did that, those apps wouldn't even start
> without massive delays. I still get these occasional lockup while
> using the apps however.  Interestingly, other apps seem to be able to
> access the nfs shares even while the 'big' apps have stopped
> responding.
> Just wondering if anyone has any idea how to fix or even troubleshoot
> this problem?

strace the hanging linux process to see if it always happens on a
particular file or syscall, and run tcpdump/wireshark to see what NFS
requests are being done.  Also check dmesg or /var/log/messages on the
client to see if it's reporting something there.

	Dan Nelson
	dnelson at

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