[Mageia-discuss] home network using broadband router

WALKER RICHARD richard.j.walker at ntlworld.com
Fri Mar 9 18:47:41 CET 2012

Hi Jeff, I was a bit pushed for time last night. Yes, I am still using
DHCP. I suppose I am just being lazy but I set up my Smoothwall
firewall ten years ago to function as my network's DHCP server and I
haven't given it a second thought since then - apart from updating to
Smoothwall 2 about six years ago.

The bit about the personal firewall could do with a fuller discussion.
Having the firewall on or off doesn't change your exposure to the
problem as your NFS server simply does not respond to requests from
remote clients. Omitting the port configuration line gets it working
again, BUT, it appears that the personal firewall in Mageia must be
expecting the server to be listening on 4003, and now it isn't, so the
"fix" doesn't work with the firewall. It is only a workaround and I'll
need to do a little more digging to find out why the port 4003
assignment doesn't work the way it does when the NFS server is first
configured in MCC.

It looks like Mandriva 2010.2 is also immune to the problem, which is
interesting as it also uses rpc.mountd and the same port assignment.
It might be more to do with how the services are stopped and started
rather than an actual whoopsie in the server code. I'll take a much
closer look in that area; having a working system and one with a
problem should make it a little easier to spot the cause, you'd think.


On 09/03/2012, imnotpc <imnotpc at rock3d.net> wrote:
> On 03/08/2012 09:43 PM, WALKER RICHARD wrote:
>> I found a problem with the NFS server in Mageia 1 which doesn't seem
>> to exist on Mandriva 2010.0 (haven't checked 2010.2 yet - later -
>> bedtime now).
>> Although everything worked the first time, when the server was first
>> set up, it has consistently failed to work since then. The personal
>> firewall doesn't make any difference so it can be on or off. It seems
>> to be a problem with the way rpc.mountd works. The Mandriva versions
>> of nfs server may not use this method to handle remote mount requests
>> - like I said, I'll check.
> Are you also using dhcp? dhcp and nfsv4 are not a good combination and
> will often cause problems on reboot. Also there was an nfs mount at boot
> bug I filed in Fedora that had to do with the change in the boot
> routines, but I haven't had that issue with Mageia.
>> I can dodge the problem by commenting out the
>> RPCMOUNTD_OPTIONS="--port 4003" line in the /etc/sysconfig/nfs-server
>> configuration file.
> Curious. That seems more likely to be a firewall issue, but I would
> expect that whatever default port it used instead of 4003 would be
> blocked also and you said the firewall status didn't make a difference.
> I don't have any current problems with nfs but I also have a highly
> customized way of setting up my network/boxes so you can't really go by me.
> Best wishes, Jeff

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