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June 11, 2009

This issue drove me nuts today for several hours today, to be honest I was pretty close to breaking something! Earlier in the day I had the NFS mount working fine then I created an AMI and booted up another instance from the newly created AMI but in the new instance the mount kept failing. The error looks something like this:

[root@server]# mount -t nfs /mnt/dbshare
mount: failed, reason given by server: Permission denied

According to the error you would think that I have a configuration issue so I changed everything that I could think of within /etc/exports

My /etc/exports originally looked like this:

/dbshare,sync) (where is the client where I am performing the mount)

I changed it to something more open like this with no luck:


I started looking around the logs on the server in /var/log/messages and found that it was authenticating fine
Jun 11 19:04:00 servername mountd[5222]: authenticated mount request from for /dbshare (/dbshare)

I was really frustrated at this point and I had already spent an hour on Google looking for the answer. I found another answer but the website was down, luckily the cached version on Google came to the rescue.


The problem was that the special nfsd file system that mounts to /proc/fs/nfsd wasn't mounted. I'm not sure how it gets mounted (maybe rc.sysinit does it?), but I tool the advice from the forum entry and added an entry to /etc/fstab

none /proc/fs/nfsd nfsd auto,defaults 0 0

then ran mount -a

After this the mount worked fine. I hope that someone finds this helpful.


I was looking for the answer to this problem for two days... Great thanks to your solution, it works!!!

Thanks very much :)

Thanks, I was having the same issue and this ntry in fstab got me out of trouble.

Thanks a lot for your post... i have been searching the solution for last two days,,

Thanks... took 2 hrs & finally got the answer

Thank you very much for having documented the issue. Your solution helped me a lot.

I had been working on that strange issue since a couple hours already to no avail.

In my case, the issue is with modprobe.conf being wrongly configured:

modprobe.conf is missing the following lines:

install nfsd /sbin/modprobe --first-time --ignore-install nfsd && { /bin/mount -t nfsd nfsd /proc/fs/nfsd > /dev/null 2>&1 || :; }

remove nfsd { /bin/umount /proc/fs/nfsd > /dev/null 2>&1 || :; } ; /sbin/modprobe -r --first-time --ignore-remove nfsd

Thanks. I was changing NFS from v3 to v4 and in the process the /proc/fs/nfsd got unmounted as you mention. Instead of editing /etc/fstab you can give this mount command:

# mount -t nfsd -o rw,auto,defaults nfsd /proc/fs/nfsd

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