Subject: Re: No timeouts? NFS problem...
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/13/1996 10:29:10
On Tue, 13 Aug 1996, Phil Knaack wrote:

: >Shouldn't nfs filesystems time out and get errors after some amount of time?
: I was wondering this myself. I frequently find myself forgetting to umount
: on the work machine when I turn off the portable and go home. When I come
: in the next morning I find all my cron jobs on the work machine suddenly
: finishing as soon as my portable is back up and running, or when I take
: it home and power it up on my home PPP link.

Try running something that accesses the nfs partition while the server is
down or not attached.

NFS server blah not responding still trying

This is a common message on many BSD-based machines when a hard mounted nfs
partition is accessed and the server is down for 2-3 minutes or more.  I
don't know if NetBSD's nfs is the same way, but I'd hazard a guess that it

Read mount_nfs(8) and pay close attention to the '-s' (aka '-o soft') 
option.  The default timeout ('-x nn', aka '-o retry=nn') is probably too
short for what you want, but that's the option you need. 

== Todd Vierling (Personal; Business Amiga lives! ==
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