SUMMARY: Pine NFS problems, how to force NFS v.2?

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Date: Wed Jun 24 1998 - 19:07:15 CDT

Thanks to all who replied. Using NFS version 2 with Pine resulted in an
OUTRAGEOUS performance improvement. What once took a minute is now done in
a blink of an eye. In fact, I can't tell the difference between Pine on
the host with the physical spool and pine on a remote host with an NFS
mounted spool since I made the change (must be the quick Ultra 100mbps

Sanjaya Srivastava hit the nail on the head with her response (below).
Many thanks to others who replied. Add her NFS "mount" options to the
mount options field of /etc/vfstab (comma seperated) to automatically
mount via NFS v2.

My original post follows below.


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Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 15:10:00 -0700 (PDT)
From: Sanjaya Srivastava <Sanjaya.Srivastava@Eng.Sun.COM>
Subject: Re: Pine NFS problems, how to force NFS v.2?

Use the option in mount to mount it as NFS version 2


mount -o vers=2,proto=udp,actimeo=0 server:/var/mail /var/mail.
actimeo is required for mounting mail and I have proto switch for you to try.


My original post:


A while ago, I posted a message regarding problems with severely degraded
performance in pine with an NFS mounted mail spool. When Pine was used
over NFS, it was very slow, hanging every few minutes. Mailbox opens,
expunges and closes were also very slow. Using pine as the same user on
the machine with the real mail spool was produced MUCH faster performance.

Many people replied to my post with various NFS issues. The general
consensus was that Pine was having a hard time recognizing or
working with Sun's NFS v3. Many people recommended I force an NFS version
two mount between the machines (both sparcs running 2.6). How can this be
performed? Can one mount be forced to version 2, or does the whole NFS
server need to have version 2 forced? If one mount can be forced, is this
done on the server through share, or on the client through mount?

Thanks in advance. As always, I'll post a summary.


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