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Subject2.4.20 NFS server lock-up (SMP)
	Hello, world!\n

I have a problem on Linux 2.4.20 with NFS server - my NFS
server from time to time (currently about once a day) stops responding
to NFS requests. Apart from that the system is OK, I can log in via SSH,
and I can run "/sbin/reboot -n -f" to reboot it. Also filesystem operations
seem to be OK, even Samba server is responding. When this happens,
I see all nfsd processes and lockd process to be stuck in the "D" state.

The server is dual athlon with large (700GB) LVM volume
on six IDE drives, RedHat 8.0, 2.4.20 (also tried 2.4.21-pre1 and pre3),
ext3fs. It serves about 2000 subdirs in this volume (= export list
has ~2000 lines) to about 100 NFS clients (various Linuxes, IRIX 6.5,
Solaris 2.7 and 2.8), and runs Samba for ~50 Windows clients.
It has 1GB of RAM (CONFIG_HIGHMEM=y, but no CONFIG_HIGHIO).

Does anybody have similar problem on a big NFS server?
The server with those kernel was stable with ~20 NFS clients
and 150 exported subdirs on the same volume, so I think this
problem is some race condition triggered only by bigger load.
However, the server still has load average <1, so it is not
overloaded.

Another question connected to this: How can I do
an equivalent of AltGr+ScrollLock remotely? I want to get
a call trace of the nfsd processes, but it is difficult for me
to go to the machine physically.

Thanks,

-Yenya

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