Bug 79842 – (FS VFAT)Strange error (Stale NFS file handle) using VFAT partition

I came across this bug ages ago on my RedHat systems and several times in the past week.
$ cd /mnt/dos/photos
$ du -csh
du: fts_read failed: Stale NFS file handle
Segmentation fault
$ ls
ls: .: Stale NFS file handle

Here’s a detailed RedHat bug report where Alan Cox supplied a fix way back in May this year. Why the 2.4 kernel in Debian Linux still shows this bug happening is a mystery to me!
I do have 2.6 installed as well but I had to drop to 2.4 to burn some CDs. I can’t remember if I saw this happening there too.

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

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