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Bug 155392 - can't change nfs options with a remount
Summary: can't change nfs options with a remount
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: mount
Version: 3.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Karel Zak
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-04-19 21:30 UTC by Damian Menscher
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:07 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-04-20 07:30:20 UTC
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Description Damian Menscher 2005-04-19 21:30:33 UTC
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Description of problem:
If you want to change, for example, the retrans option for an NFS-mounted filesystem, simply doing
mount -o remount,retrans=10 /mountpoint
doesn't work.  It will change your /etc/mtab, but packet sniffing proves it hasn't actually changed the number of retransmits.  Similarly, it won't change from UDP to TCP.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Mount an NFS filesystem (I only tested with soft mounts on UDP)
2. Try changing retrans from default of 3
3. Compare /etc/mtab to a packet capture on a lossy network

Actual Results:  It stays at the old values, despite /etc/mtab claiming the change was successful.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Karel Zak 2005-04-20 07:30:20 UTC

  D11. Why doesn't "mount -oremount,tcp" convert an NFS-mounted file system
mounted with UDP to one mounted with TCP?

    A. The "remount" option on the mount command only affects the generic mount
options, such as ro/rw, sync, and so on (see man mount for a complete list of
generic mount command options). The NFS-specific mount options listed on the nfs
man page can't be changed with a "mount -oremount" style mount command. You must
unmount your file system and mount it again with new options in order to modify
the NFS-specific settings.

    Note that the mount command may update the contents of /etc/mtab whether or
not the actual mount settings have changed in the kernel. So when you try mount
-oremount with an NFS-specific mount option, subsequent mount commands may
report that the setting is in effect. This is only because the mount command is
reading /etc/mtab. The /proc/mounts file reflects the true mount options that
the kernel is using.

Comment 2 Damian Menscher 2005-04-20 07:38:32 UTC
Perhaps I should have listed this as an RFE, not a bug.  I can't think of any
reason why certain NFS options (such as the retrans limit) couldn't be changed
on the fly without requiring a umount (though others, such as udp->tcp very well
might require a umount first).  Would it be better for me to file the RFE upstream?

Comment 3 Karel Zak 2005-04-20 08:14:12 UTC
The mount command parses remount options and calls mount(2) syscall only. It
means it's linux kernel who ignore your options. I have doubts about any
possible change, but you can ask kernel/nfs upstream. There's an example NFS
mailing list at

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