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NFS client “Permission Denied” on Debian unstable

While I was trying to access to a master NFS server in lenny from a squeeze client, I was having “Permission denied” when I tried to write any file; as there are other NFS clients with the same configuration this didn’t seem to be a problem of NFS configuration but rather from new client version.

After some googling time, I found this bug:
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=492970

If you want to know if your version is having this problem, you can check doing a “cat /proc/mounts” and should see the NFS mount with a “sec=null” and that is giving you the problem.

A suggestion from bug report is to downgrade, but that could not be an option in a fresh installed squeeze so the other workaround is easy:

  1. Unmount all nfs (important as I only unmount a exported filesystem from a server and won’t work until you unmount all)
  2. On /etc/fstab (or when mounting if you are doing manual) add the option sec=sys to all the mounts for that server; for example in fstab:
    example.com:/shared /tmp/shared nfs rw,sec=sys 0 0

    or mounting:

    mount -t nfs  -o "rw,sec=sys" example.com:/shared /tmp/shared

  3. Mount all nfs from that server

If you check the /proc/mounts you should see the sec=sys instead null and be able to write to remote server

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