Why aren't remote filesystems (NFS, SAN) mounted automatically at boot when the netfs service is enabled, the _netdev option is specified and I can mount them manually after boot?

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  • SAN and NFS file systems are not being mounted automatically after reboot.
  • Using EMC powerpath as multipathing software and have two LVM volumes on the EMC device. These are not mounting even if they have an entry in /etc/fstab. Can mount manually after machine boots up.
  • Default (no) configuration of netfs
  • _netdev mount option specified.
  • SAN based FS not auto mounting after reboot.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 6
  • netfs service is started at boot (as per chkconfig --list netfs)
  • _netdev option is specified in fstab

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