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Bug 225507 - nfsnobody == 4294967294 causes idmapd to stop responding
Summary: nfsnobody == 4294967294 causes idmapd to stop responding
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: nfs-utils
Version: 9
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Steve Dickson
QA Contact: Ben Levenson
Whiteboard: bzcl34nup
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-01-30 23:06 UTC by Jerry James
Modified: 2009-08-25 17:00 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2008-09-18 20:20:11 UTC

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Description Jerry James 2007-01-30 23:06:29 UTC
Description of problem:
I set up a small cluster of FC6 machines, with one server and 4 workstations. 
The server and 3 of the workstations are x86_64, one workstation is a Pentium 4.
 The server was configured to provide an NFS filesystem, with /etc/exports
defining anonuid and anongid as 4294967294, the same as the definition of
nfsnobody in /etc/passwd and /etc/group.

The Pentium 4 is a sacrificial machine for doing kernel experiments.  I gave one
of my users sudo permissions to let him build and install kernels.  When he used
 sudo to compile by mistake, the creation of a file owned by nfsnobody caused
every single workstation to freeze up.  Investigation turned up this line in
/var/log/messages on the server:

Jan 29 14:37:26 abbott rpc.idmapd[2758]: nfsdcb: id '-2' too big!

Although "service rpcidmapd status" showed that it was still running, it was
clear that idmapd wasn't functioning.  Forcing it to restart got the other
workstations running again.  I took the advice in the URL specified in this bug
report and changed nfsnobody to 65534, which has prevented the problem from
recurring.  However, contrary to what is said in the messages found at that URL,
there are no older Unix systems in my cluster; every machine is running FC6.

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Set up an NFS server.  In /etc/exports, include
2. Create a file in an NFS mounted directory as a user unknown to the server
3. Observe that the client machines are now unable to perform operations on NFS
 mounted files.
Actual results:
The idmap service stops responding.

Expected results:
The idmap service should map the anonymous user/group to nfsnobody and proceed
normally.  Even if it issues an error, it should still proceed normally instead
of ceasing to respond.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Bug Zapper 2008-04-04 06:02:01 UTC
Fedora apologizes that these issues have not been resolved yet. We're
sorry it's taken so long for your bug to be properly triaged and acted
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Comment 2 Steve Dickson 2008-04-04 12:46:30 UTC
I think this problem still exist... changing Version to rawhide.

Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 02:34:51 UTC
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
More information and reason for this action is here:

Comment 4 Steve Dickson 2008-09-18 18:45:35 UTC
I'm having no luck reproducing this with later nfs-utils like
nfs-utils-1.1.3-2 and nfs-utils-1.0.9-36

Is this still happening?

Comment 5 Jerry James 2008-09-18 18:50:27 UTC
I've since changed jobs, and we're not using NFS at my new place of work, so I can't even test this anymore.  If you can't see it, then let's consider it fixed.  Thanks for looking into it.

Comment 6 Ondrej Valousek 2009-08-05 15:55:59 UTC
the bug is still there (as of RHEL 5.3 x64)

Comment 7 Harald Klein 2009-08-10 09:50:55 UTC
Maybe this is relevant:

best regards,

Comment 8 Harald Klein 2009-08-25 17:00:39 UTC
We've tested 2.6.18-157 with the patch from #7 applied, fixes the issue.

br, Hari

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