[Gluster-users] autofs problem

Brent A Nelson brent at phys.ufl.edu
Tue Oct 19 19:36:35 UTC 2010

I'm working on replacing my Ubuntu 8.04 desktops with Ubuntu 10.04, but I've 
hit a snag.  Automount hangs on glusterfs (tried 3.0.4 and 3.0.5) in the same 
manner as described on the RedHat Bugzilla:

So, it's apparently a problem in Fedora, too.

It also looks like Phil Packer reported the same issue in February and perhaps 
the same issue was also reported by Christopher Nelson in May.

mount -t glusterfs ... works just fine by hand, but when autofs calls it, the 
result is 5 lingering processes: the mount command, the mount.glusterfs command 
that it called, a glusterfs command, a zombie glusterfs, and then another 
glusterfs.  It seems clear that autofs only called the mount command once, and 
mount.glusterfs seesmt o have only called glusterfs once, but glusterfs somehow 
failed and respawned a couple of times...

Is there a fix or workaround (other than to not use autofs)? Ubuntu 8.04 
doesn't seem to have this issue, although I have had some machines hang up 
eventually (with heavy computing/network use), and the symptoms seem to match a 
hung-up autofs, so it's possible a similar issue is present but much more 


Brent Nelson
Director of Computing
Dept. of Physics
University of Florida

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