Monday, July 17, 2006

smart way to mount NFS file system

sometimes NFS mount point can hang when you do a listing (ls -al) due to certain reasons such as server down, network problems etcetera.

to avoid this is it advisable to make the mount point down one level of root.

instead of:
# mount NFS_server:/data /data
in this case, if the mount point hang,
# ls -al /
would take a long time until the NFS mount timed out.

you should do:
# mount NFS_server:/data /new_directory/data
so if the mount point hang, you can still do listing of root.
# ls -al /
would work fine just that
# ls -al /new_directory
would fail.

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