NFS mount attempt with vers=n returns "invalid argument" or "incorrect mount option"

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15


A setting for nfs version (such as "nfsvers=3") has been set in /etc/nfsmount.conf.  Later, an nfs mount is attempted from the command line or /etc/fstab with a different version.  This may fail depending on the syntax.

An example mount attempt with verbose output:

dp-sles15sp3:~ # mount -vvv -o vers=4.1 /mnt1
mount.nfs: timeout set for Wed Nov 18 14:15:25 2021
mount.nfs: trying text-based options 'vers=4.1,nfsvers=3,addr=,clientaddr='
mount.nfs: mount(2): Invalid argument
mount.nfs: an incorrect mount option was specified

As shown in the output above, this resulted in 2 versions being specified in the mount command, which may not be handled well in certain combinations.  Using the -s or "sloppy" mount option does not help.


At this time, it is best not to set an NFS version in /etc/nfsmount.conf.  This is expected to remain true at least through SLES 15 SP4, possibly longer.

Inclusion of a fix will be addressed in the future.


The code responsible for merging options together is found in mount.nfs, part of the nfs-client package, which is built from the nfs-utils source code package.  Use of /etc/nfsmount.conf and the code to merge its options with others is a relatively new development.

If different NFS versions are specificed in /etc/nfsmount.conf and elsewhere (such as /etc/fstab, on the command line, or possibly autofs maps), various logic comes into play to determine which version will be used.  This is further complicated by the fact that "vers=" is considered an alias of "nfsvers=" but could be handled differently by some code.  There are combinations that work and some that fail, with various reasons and exceptions within the logic.


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  • Document ID:000020653
  • Creation Date: 05-May-2022
  • Modified Date:05-May-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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