firefox openoffice nfs problem

Scott J. Henson shenson at
Tue Sep 26 17:15:25 UTC 2006

Dieter Schicker wrote:
> Scott J. Henson wrote:
>> Dieter Schicker wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> we also mount the home directories with nfs and authenticate with ldap.
>>> But we have a different problem: Sometimes gnome looses its panel data
>>> and the panels are totally empty and unresponsive (e.g. to right mouse
>>> click events).
>>> Any ideas?
>> You should check your ldap servers when this happens.  We
>> see this problem when we lose an ldap server and the other
>> two start getting over loaded.  You may find that your ldap
>> servers are not responding or being slow about it.  Use nscd
>> to aleviate the problem a little bit.
> Oh, thanks, I will give nscd a try. Otherwise I'm thinking about
> switching the user desktop from gnome to xfce. Do you have any
> experiences if xfce harmonizes better with ldap/nfs?

If you like xfce better go with it.  But if your changing
because you think it will have an effect on ldap/nfs, it
won't.  In my experience, the problem is actually lower in
the system than the desktop environment and both will
experience the same trouble.  The symptoms might end up
being different, but you still have the same disease.

> Another question: Since I have these troubles, would it be better to
> export nfs asynchronously?

automountInformation: -fstype=nfs,hard,intr,nodev,nosuid

There is the automount entry for my nfs home directory.  And
the server's export line is as follows.

/srv/bronze @linux(rw,sync)

So, we don't have aysnc mounts and ours work just fine.

Quick question, do you have portmap installed on the nfs
server and client?  That can cause slow mounts in some cases
and gnome can be sensitive to that.

Scott Henson
LCSEE Systems Staff
WVU MAE Undergraduate
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