cant mount mirror, rpc.statd not running

Thomas Fischer tfischer at
Wed Feb 29 19:11:08 CET 2012

Hi all,

I am setting up my first FAI server (debian) for a beowulf cluster
(also debian), and i am experiencing the following issue:

The fai client fails to mount the debian mirror from the FAI server.
The installation fails trying to apt-update, then i ssh into the
client. Config space and nfs are correctly mounted, but the mirror
isnt. Trying to manually mount the mirror shows:

# mount /media/mirror
mount.nfs: rpc.statd is not running but is required for remote
locking. Either use '-o nolock' to keep locks local, or start statd.

If i start rpc.statd or append the option '-o nolock', the mirror
mounts fine. I find it strange given that the mirror already correctly
mounted the config space and the nfs. The client tried because
daemon.log on server shows:

... authenticated mount request from for
/srv/debmirror (/srv/debmirror)

my fai.conf:

and my default PXE config
# generated by fai-chboot for host default with IP no IP
default fai-generated

label fai-generated
kernel vmlinuz-2.6.26-2-amd64
append initrd=initrd.img-2.6.26-2-amd64 ip=dhcp  root=/dev/nfs
nfsroot=/srv/fai/nfsroot boot=live  FAI_FLAGS=verbose,sshd,reboot

I am running out of ideas, has anyone experienced something similar?
I found the following thread but it
didnt helped me out.

Best regards,

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