firefox openoffice nfs problem

Dieter Schicker dieter.schicker at
Tue Sep 26 20:24:22 UTC 2006

Scott J. Henson wrote:
> 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
> heen:/srv/bronze/home/scotth
> 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.

Yes, I have portmap running. Thought it would be necessary for nfs.
Well, have to read up on that!

Many thanks for your valuable hints!


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