> I issued a plaintive cry for help yesterday, and I'm sorry to say was left
> walking in the wilderness. Not that there wasn't a number of suggestions,
> just that none of them were any use :-)
>> However, I got 2.4.18 last night and that has cured the sshd weirdness
> (sshing into the box killed it dead, leaving keyboard LEDs flashing) and I'm
> putting that down to NIC drivers - this box has dual integrated Intel EEpro
> 100 and this chipset has issues, to say the least of it. Intel have released
> a driver which seems more solid (at least in the past) than the stock kernel
> one but they've issued it under some arse of alicense which means that it
> can't be included in the mainstream kernel.
>> However, the NFS mount weirdness remains (an NFS mount from another local
> box takes 5 minutes to complete, and an strace shows it hanging in a mount
> system call). It really sounds like a DNS issue, particularly because of the
> 5 minute delay BUT DNS shouldn't be involved - I have
>> hosts: files dns
>> in /etc/nsswitch.conf and I have the nfs server's hostname in the client's
> hosts file and ping, ftp, ssh all connect immediately. And anyway, it's just
> as slow when I use the server's IP address. This actually isn't hugely
> important in that I now know that it's not hanging, it's just waiting, and
> the box in production won't be using NFS mounts anyway but it's still
> bugging the hell out of me.
>have you checked /etc/hosts.allow and deny?
It might work if you put ALL: ALL in the allow file.
I think it defaults to PARANOID, but it should be listening to the hosts stuff in
Another thing to check is that it's not trying to mount as version 3. If the server
doesn't support V3, it'll fall back, but you have a timeout before it'll get
mount laney:/shared/mp3 /mnt -o nfsvers=2,mountvers=2
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