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SubjectSpurious NFS ESTALE errors w/NFSv3 server, non-v3 client

I belive this is new behavior in the latest (post-2.4.7 I
believe) kernel NFS software:

I have two machines, both running kernel 2.4.9, each of which
act as both an NFS client and server to the other. I am using
the kernel NFS daemon and am exporting ext2fs filesystems on a
local switched LAN.

One box, called tela, was configured with NFSv3 enabled for
both the client and server code. The other box, hagrid, was
not configured with any NFSv3 support enabled. I just neglected
to enable this in the configuration, its was not for any
particular reason.

When I did large file reads on hagrid (the v2 client), I
would get spurious ESTALE errors on files which are totally
static and haven't been
touched in months. Basically the filesystem contains a lot
of audio files, and I was running md5 checksums on them from
hagrid, while they were hosted on tela.

When I checked the configuration on the client, and realized
that NFSv3 was not enabled, I enabled it and rebuilt the
kernel. After a reboot, the errors disappeared and I can
successfully read many gigabytes of data without a hiccup.

Is this one of those "if it hurts then don't do that" kind of
things, or is it the expected behavior? I think I've had the
two machines configured like this for several kernel
revisions (2.4.0 onwards) and only noticed this behavior since
I switched my server to 2.4.9 from 2.4.7. It *may* have
happened before and I didn't notice it, but I think this was
introduced some time in 2.4.8 or later.

cae at bklyn dot org | Caleb Epstein | bklyn . org | Brooklyn Dust Bunny Mfg.
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