[K12OSN] NFS Mount /home....Users Menus missing

Petre Scheie petre at maltzen.net
Fri Nov 18 19:10:31 UTC 2005

Jim Kronebusch wrote:
>>...but will, IIRC, work when sitting on the nfs server.  And root's
>>account (which is not in the nfs home) works.  So there's something
>>happening related to nfs.
>>Guesses: Is the user's home directory set correctly?  So /etc/passwd
>>has /home/jimuser, for instance, and the nfs home directories are
>>mounted on /home?
>>Next stage in diagnostics:  strace one of the hung processes to see what
>>it's waiting for.  For instance, 
>>  ps aux|grep gnome-panel |grep [testuser]
>>  Get the panel's process id.
>>  strace -p [pid]
>>  See if the panel is waiting for some file.
>>  move the mouse over a panel and see if it does anything.
>>  right click on it.
>>  etc.
>>We're trying to provoke the panel into telling us that there's some file
>>that it cannot access in the nfs situation.
>>Hmmm... do I recall that useradd also didn't work?  straceing that might
>>be even better than stracing the panel.
> Here is the results of the strace tests:
> [jim at ltsp bin]$ ps aux|grep gnome-panel | grep jim
> jim       4053  0.4  0.4  23028  9788 ?        Ssl  12:33   0:00 gnome-panel
> --sm-client-id default2
> jim       4152  0.0  0.0   3760   672 pts/2    S+   12:35   0:00 grep gnome-panel
> [jim at ltsp bin]$ strace -p 4053
> Process 4053 attached - interrupt to quit
> nanosleep({0, 200000000}, {0, 3214804184}) = 0
> fcntl64(29, F_SETLK, {type=F_WRLCK, whence=SEEK_CUR, start=0, len=0}
> Nothing more happens when left/right clicking on the menus.  It just sits idle.
> Home directory is set correctly in /etc/passwd and /home is mounted with the
> users folders and is also completely browseable and editable.  It even mounts
> the correct user home directory when logging in.  I can browse the file
> directories like /usr/bin/gnome-terminal and run apps.  I can edit, delete and
> add files.  Just no menus.
Just for laughs, have you tried selecting IceWM or KDE at login to see if they behave 

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