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From Justin Pasher <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Apache and writing to NFS
Date Mon, 10 Nov 2008 22:14:54 GMT
Frank Kimbell wrote:
> Hello,
> I am trying a script (PHP) that writes files to disk.
> Now, writing the files locally works file, if I have a write-to
> directory owned apache:apache.
> Files created are owned apache:apache by default.
> But, I want to try this:
> I have an NFS share that has a large amount of space. I want the files
> to be written on there. So, I mount the NFS share as a directory and
> chown it apache:apache. Even chmodded it 777 just to be sure.
> It keeps failing when writing to it.
> I get the following error:
> failed to open stream: Stale NFS file handle in script.php on line 6
> (line 6 contains the php-fwrite command)
> I don't think this is related to PHP, but to Apache that has
> permission problems writing to an NFS share.
> I am using Apache 2.2 and PHP5. SELinux is OFF.
> Any idea?

If you su to the apache user, can you create a new file in the same 
directory? If not, then the permissions will need to be fixed so the 
apache user has write access to that directory. If so, then apache 
should have no problem writing to the directory from a script. 
Considering the error message states "Stale NFS file handle", it sounds 
like something might be wrong with the NFS mount or possibly the network 
connection between the server machine and client machine. You can try 
checking the system logs on both machines (/var/log/syslog) to see if 
anything useful shows up in there. There might also be something in 

Justin Pasher

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