[K12OSN] Kernel panic on client boot

David Hopkins dahopkins429 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 3 14:14:53 UTC 2008

Actually, running out of NFS threads sounds like a very good place to
start. We only have about 40 systems on this particular server because
there seems to be a 'tipping' point where once we add just a few more,
we start getting drops from NFS and so maybe that is also somehow
related if NFS links get stale?  Can that happen?

Dave Hopkins

On Mon, Mar 3, 2008 at 9:01 AM, Jim Kronebusch <jim at winonacotter.org> wrote:
> On Mon, 3 Mar 2008 08:05:40 -0500, David Hopkins wrote
> > Sometimes, after a server has been up for weeks, clients will start
>  > getting the kernel panic error on (re)boot. It seems to somehow be
>  > related to NFS services (or tftp, not sure which) going down. I have
>  > tried restarting nfs and other services, but that never fixes the
>  > problem. Simply rebooting the server does correct the issue, but would
>  > appear to be overkill. Any client systems that are already up,
>  > continue working, but no new clients can connect.  Has anyone seen
>  > this, and even better, found a way short of a system reboot to fix it?
>  How many clients do you have booted at a time?  I had a problem with Edubuntu when
>  booting my 108 clients.  Eventually I ran out of NFS threads.  If you only have 25 or so
>  I don't think this is a problem, but if you are running much more than that I can look
>  up what it was I did to increase the thread count.
>  Jim
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