An NFS gotcha

As we rebuild our server infrastructure (aside from taking time to do things more intelligently), we run into some bumps. This one sorta threw me for a bit.

[root@virtual ~]# mount -a
mount.nfs: Stale NFS file handle
mount.nfs: Stale NFS file handle

Checked all the usual suspects. No dice. The /etc/exports was correct, and visible locally. There was a DNS oddity I resolved (humor … heh). But mounts kept giving me the stale NFS handle.
Google was not my friend here. Literally nothing of any value on this.
The solution was to add an fsid=NUMBER to the export line. Then stuff worked. Worth knowing I think …

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  1. Yeah, fsid is something well worth being aware of, used it for years on the VPAC Intel clusters. Means you can move an export from one block device to another.

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