Stale NFS handle error triggered when accessing deleted directory or file paths

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 4 (SLES 11 SP4)


Commands such as 'ls <deleted_file_or_directory>' result in an ESTALE error:-

         ls: cannot access <deleted_file_or_directory>: Stale NFS file handle     

The error is seen after a deletion of a file or directory, usually after some time has passed since the delete event occurred.

If an attempt to access the deleted file/path occurs soon after the the deletion event, then the error may not be seen.

Kernel versions affected: 3.0.101-88.1  >  3.0.101-108.13.1


A maintenance patch was released for this issue on 11th December 2017:-

Patch 13375:  kernel version 3.0.101-108.18.1  


Additional Information

This problem does not affect SLES11 SP3 or SLES12.x kernels.

A support agreement is needed in order to obtain the patch mentioned in this document.


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  • Document ID:7022288
  • Creation Date: 08-Nov-2017
  • Modified Date:28-Sep-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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