Automount fails with "pingnfs: <NFS server name>: RPC: Timed out" (Doc ID 1332029.1)

Last updated on JULY 06, 2017

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 8.0 to 11.1 [Release 8.0 to 11.0]
OpenSolaris Operating System - Version 2008.05 to 2009.06 [Release 10.0]
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

Periodically, usually under increased workload on an NFS server or client, an automounted directory/filesystem might fail to mount, and a message in the form:

   pingnfs: <NFS server name>: RPC: Timed out

is logged from the automountd daemon.  

Solaris versions earlier than Solaris 10 might report "NFS server not responding" rather than the pingnfs message above. 

Cause

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