NFS clients sometimes cannot access files shared out by a RHEL 6.3 NFS server, Solaris 10 clients encounter error 'file temporarily unavailable on the server, retrying...'

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  • On Solaris 10 NFS clients accessing files periodically results in the following error for 10-15 seconds:
 file temporarily unavailable on the server, retrying...
  • On the next retry the file is accessible. Identical behavior is visible on Red Hat Enterprise Linux clients, however no error message is seen, instead the terminal will hang for 5-10 seconds before succeeding.


  • NFS Server:
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 6.3
    • kernel 2.6.32-279.14.1.el6.x86_64
  • NFS Clients:
    • Solaris 10
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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