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I get "General input/output error while accessing" when trying to open a file on an NFS share

asked 2013-05-17 17:52:17 +0100

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updated 2013-05-18 00:53:12 +0100

I'm running LibreOffice on Xubuntu (Linux) 13.04 64-bit.

I have a Windows 7 x64 box that provides NFSv3 shares on my LAN via haneWIN NFS Server 1.2.11.

My Linux boxes mount these shares via fstab. Example:

jarvis:/Shared /mnt/jarvis/Shared nfs udp 0 0

When I try to open a .ods spreadsheet on the share (which was created in LibreOffice on Windows), I get an error popup that says "General input/output error while accessing" followed by the filename.

Why is this happening? It's not a general share issue, as I can open the file in Gnumeric just fine.

I've read that it may be a locking issue, and that commenting out the following lines in /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice may help:

# file locking now enabled by default

In fact, it does help, but why is it necessary to make such an arcane change to a system-level file?

Update: Mounting with oweng's fstab options does not solve the issue for me. This may be because of a difference with HaneWIN, such as the fact that it only implements up to NFSv3.

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Thanks for testing all the same. I agree that you should not need to make such a change as disabling file locking. Particularly given what it says in the readme: On a network that uses the Network File System protocol (NFS), the locking daemon for NFS clients must be active.

oweng ( 2013-05-18 01:00:54 +0100 )edit

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answered 2013-05-19 16:57:45 +0100

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updated 2013-05-19 16:59:45 +0100


I contacted the haneWIN developer, and he confirmed that haneWIN does not implement locking. He suggested mounting with the "nolock" option; I thought I had tried this before without success, but I tried again and it worked:

jarvis:/Shared /mnt/jarvis/Shared nfs nolock,udp 0 0
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Thanks for looking into this. Once you get enough karma points, please accept your answer as correct. I've marked your question and answer up to get you part way there.

oweng ( 2013-05-20 03:12:33 +0100 )edit

answered 2013-05-17 23:50:36 +0100

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I have no issue here using NFS. This is what my client /etc/fstab entries look like:

server:/place/on/server  /exported/mount  nfs auto,user,soft,rw 0 0

Admittedly I am running a GNU/Linux server with nfs-common v1.2.6-3.

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