The chown(1) fails to change ownership from root on NFSv4 filesystems

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • Upgrade to RHEL 6.3 has introduced a problem whereby we can no longer change/set the ownership of files on NFSv4 filesystems.
  • Chown fails if NFS share has mounted with NFSv4.

    # chown test.test /mnt/foo
    chown: changing ownership of `/mnt/foo': Invalid argument
  • Issue may also exist in later versions of RHEL 5, but this has not been confirmed at this time.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5(only where NFSv4 is supported)
  • Using NFSv4 to mount shares

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