Subject: Partly false alarm Re: NFS problems in 1.2G/1.3_ALPHA
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Mika Nystrom <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/26/1997 02:11:58
Ok, so it was sort of a false alarm.  Through my own stupidity, I was
running the wrong nfsd, and having corrected this problem, I can now
use NFS between 1.3 and 1.2G systems, and non-NetBSD systems and the 
1.2G and 1.3 systems.  1.2/1.1B/1.1_ALPHA/1.2_BETA(this one logs me out---
the shell segfaults) systems still will not talk to the new NFS servers, 
however.  The 1.2/1.1B setup is a production cluster of some 30 systems 
with varying setups (four different architectures), and I really don't 
want to upgrade them to the new alpha system unless it's strictly and 
absolutely necessary...


Mika Nystrom writes:
>Hello everyone,
>   I have just supped the latest 1.3_ALPHA from, so this
>concerns that version.  
>   Short story:  I am having serious problems with server-side NFS
>on 1.3_ALPHA.  I am trying to install NetBSD on a cluster of machines
>with Intel EtherExpress networking in them, so I first tried 1.2G.
>This did not work---there was some sort of incompatibility with
>earlier versions of NetBSD (other OSes seemed to be happy to talk
>to them!) that manifested itself as being unable to read mounted
>directories (client 1.1B or 1.2, server 1.2G), no matter what weird
>options I tried.  So I "upgraded" to 1.3_ALPHA, hoping for an
>improvement.  It seems I was wrong.  I just tried to cd to /mnt on
>my beautiful 1.2 fileserver/IP router system, and the machine locked
>up hard, hard enough that "send ayt" to telnetd doesn't procure a
>n Oct 26 01:07:05 PST 1997
>/i386/compile/PENTAMATIC i386
>Is this a known (set of) problem(s)?  Do I have to switch all the systems
>to 1.3 (mounting between 1.2G and 1.3_ALPHA doesn't seem to work either,
>by the way, but between two 1.2G systems it works fine...), or has something
>changed that I should be aware of?
>Because of the traffic intensity, I no longer receive current-users (but
>I did look through the mailing list archives!), so please Cc: me on
>any responses...
>     Mika Nystrom  <>
>     Asynchronous Systems Architecture Project
>     Department of Computer Science
>     California Institute of Technology