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SubjectRe: Even slower NFS mounting with 2.4.0
> Hmm... How should we respond to that sort of thing? In principle the
> NFS layer supposes that if we have a hard mount, then unreachable
> ports etc are a temporary problem, and we should wait them out. (In
> fact, I've made an RPC 'ping' routine that improves on that behaviour
> but which unfortunately didn't make it into 2.4.0.)

That makes reasonable sense once mounted. I think mount needs to be polite
until it decides the mount is made

> If we want to check that the port is reachable at the moment when we
> mount, I think we should concentrate on making 'mount' more
> intelligent. Perhaps have it RPC-ping the various ports (including the
> local portmapper when we specify locking)?

That would work.

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