Troubleshooting common NFS errors on Linux server

There are some common listed below errors that you come across daily in administering NFS server & their solutions:

1.”Server Not Responding” Message
2.  “Access Denied” Message
3.”Permission Denied” Message
4.  “Device Busy” Message

Error 1: NFS “Server Not Responding” Message

ping the nfs server from client “nfs serer name or ip”

2./usr/bin/rpcinfo -p servername

The rpcinfo command should display the following processes:

* portmap
* nfs
* mountd
* status
* nlockmgr
* llockmgr

If any of these processes is not running, follow the below steps:

a. Make sure the /etc/rc.config.d/nfsconf file on the NFS server contains the following lines:

b.Make sure that the /etc/inetd.conf file on the NFS server does not contain a line to start rpc.mountd.
If it does, make sure the START_MOUNTD variable in /etc/rc.config.d/nfsconf is set to 0.

c. Run the following command on the NFS server to start all the necessary NFS processes:

#/sbin/init.d/nfs.server start

Error 2: If You Receive an “Access Denied” Message

a.check the FS is exported or not

#/usr/sbin/showmount -e server_name

If it is not exported means u have to edit /etc/exports file in NFS server and put the necessary entry and then run the command
# /usr/sbin/exportfs -a

Error 3 :If You Receive a “Permission Denied” Message

a .Check the mount options in the /etc/fstab file on the NFS client. A directory you are attempting to write to may have
been mounted read-only.

b. Run ls -l command to check the permissions on the server directory and on the client directory i.e. the mount point. You may not be allowed access to the directory.

c. Run the following command on the NFS server:

# /usr/sbin/exportfs

Or, run the following command on the NFS client:

# /usr/sbin/showmount -e server_name

d. Check the export permissions on the exported directory. The directory may have been exported read-only to your client.

The system administrator of the NFS server can use the remount mount option to mount the directory read/write without unmounting it

Error 4 : If You Receive a “Device Busy” Message

a. If you received the “device busy” message while attempting to mount a directory, try to access the mounted directory.
If you can access it, then it is already mounted.

b. If you received the “device busy” message while attempting to unmount a directory, a user or process is currently using the directory. Wait until the process completes, or follow these steps:

1. Run the following command to determine who is using the mounted directory:

# /usr/sbin/fuser -cu local_mount_point

The fuser command will return a list of process IDs and user names that are currently using the directory
mounted under local_mount_point. This will help you decide whether to kill the processes or wait for them to complete.

2. To kill all processes using the mounted directory, issue the following command:

# /usr/sbin/fuser -ck local_mount_point

3. Try again to unmount the directory


About Manish Jha

Hi All I am Manish Kumar Jha aka Alex Hunt. I am currently working in VMware Software India Pvt Ltd as Operations System Engineer (vCloud Air Operations). I have around 5 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director, RHEL and modern data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000v and NSX. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.
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