Hung system, vmtoolsd unable to complete freezing filesystems due to scanning NFS / autofs filesystems in mtab

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  • vmtoolsd process stuck while freezing filesystems, and the backtrace indicates it is trying to open an automount path or an NFS file


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (VMware guest)
    • VMware provided VMware Tools
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (VMware guest)
    • seen on open-vm-tools-9.4.0-6.el7
  • NFS filesystems (either NFS3 or NFS4)

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