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Old 11-05-2006, 02:34 PM   #1
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Unhappy unable to mount (large) NAS windows file system

Dear All,

I have just switched over from FC5 to FC6; kernel 2.6.18-1.2798.fc6

Since I am the only linux user in a large Windows organization, I have always relied heavily on mounting my organization's Windows file system using

mount -t smbs -o credentials=<credentials_file>,uid=<value>,gid=<value>,debug=4 \\\\machine_name\\directory <mount_point>

This has worked beautifully for years, all through RH7,8,9, FC -- FC5. (In FC5 I had to change the 'smbs' file system to 'cifs'; otherwise, things worked just fine.)

However, now in FC6, this no longer works; whatever I try.

The mount command seems to complete fine; but when I do an 'ls' on the mount point I'm told:

ls: reading directory /mnt/P: Invalid argument

I have searched the kernel bug lists a bit and I think that this is a kernel bug, but I'm not sure.

see e.g.,

Can someone confirm this? And if so, is there a workaround? I'm totally cutoff from my institutional file systems :-(

Last edited by reitsma; 11-05-2006 at 02:47 PM.
Old 11-07-2006, 10:24 AM   #2
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Well, if it is a kernel bug, one possible workaround would be to use a different kernel, for example compiling your own.

Generally Red Hat are pretty quick about providing updates though, there should be another version of the kernel available soon.
Old 11-13-2006, 04:22 PM   #3
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New kernel version 2.6.18-1.2849.fc6 has fixed this

Just updated the kernel to 2.6.18-1.2849.fc6. Problem seems fixed !! What a relief!



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