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Recommended bugfix for package util-linux


(Last modified: 03SEP2002)

solutions Recommended bugfix for package util-linux SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (ea669619f4545957cd56751984d90594)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Admin-CD for Firewall
SuSE eMail Server III
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IA32
SuSE eMail Server 3.1
SuSE Linux Office Server
SuSE Firewall Adminhost VPN
SuSE Linux Connectivity Server

Package: util-linux
Release: 20020903
Obsoletes: none


You should apply this patch if you use autofs heavily and experience duplicate entries in the /etc/mtab file.



Problem description

This patch fixes a problem with NFS mounted file systems and duplicate lines in the /etc/mtab file. The mtab file is used by the mount command to record the list of currently mounted file systems.
The problem addressed by this patch can occur if you use several NFS file systems mounted via autofs, and trigger a mount of these at the same time (for instance by running maintenance scripts etc). When autofs later unmounts these file systems simultaneously, it is possible that not all mtab entries are removed correctly, causing the file to grow without bounds if this happens repeatedly. This can occur because the timeout used by umount when it detects a conflicting lock on the mtab file is too low.


Please install the updates provided at the location noted below.

Installation notes

This update is provided as an RPM package that can easily be installed onto a running system by using this command:
rpm -Uvh util-linux.rpm

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