NFS hangs under 2.2.6

Christoph Lameter (
Wed, 28 Apr 1999 08:24:01 -0700 (PDT)

We do regular backups each night having all boxes NFS mounted on a central
server equipped with a tape drive. Every Tuesday night the box rebooted
since we switched to 2.2.X. I finally ran the backup for that special
machine manually.

Backup ran normally for awhile until it got to the /dev directory. Then
there was an endless scroll of barely readable NFS error messages on the

Something about "NFS client: inode locked/unavailable" and "retrying".
This went on for awhile until some system resources were exhausted and the
watchdog daemon took the machine down.

I could not find any messages at all in the system logs.

Any hints on how to proceed with that one? Backing up other linux boxes
via NFS works just fine.

Christoph Lameter, MSCS, M.Div.
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