Unable to change ownership of NFSv3 files and ownership shows as nfsnobody:nfsnobody

Solution In Progress - Updated -

Issue

  • Files that should be owned by root:root are showing as nfsnobody:nfsnobody
  • Trying to change ownership gives an error:
# chown -R root:root test
chown: changing ownership of `test': Operation not permitted
  • This is using NFSv3, not v4

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • NFSv3

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