The nfs server is running Arch Linux. The nfs client below (“pc1”) is running Ubuntu 16.04. Both are using nfs4.

[email protected]:~# cat /etc/fstab (relevant line shown below):

server:/backup/system/pc1 /backup/system nfs4 auto,noatime        0 0

After the client boots, the nfs mount fails:

journalctl -b -p err
(output shown below):

Aug 25 17:56:43 LatishaPC1 systemd[1]: Failed to mount /backup/system.

[email protected]:~# showmount -e server (output shown below):

Export list for server:

manually trying to mount (as root) using

mount /backup/system
gives this output:

mount.nfs4: mounting server:/backup/system/pc1 failed, reason given by server: No such file or directory

However, we see from

that the server does list the directory.

Here’s the /etc/exports file on the server:


I tried it without and without that last line above. Same error either way. I’ve been troubleshooting for several days and have not resolved it. (I have other nfs servers and clients that are working as expected and I have compared this config to the working systems and I don’t see a difference.) I checked many similar questions. I’m probably overlooking an obvious answer. I apologize in advance if this has already been answered somewhere on StackExchange. I didn’t find a solution yet.


The client can mount server:/ and mounting that gives another clue. When navigating the mount to /backup/system/, the directory is empty. It should contain “pc1” as shown in the showmount command above.

Here are the file permissions as shown on the server.

[[email protected] export]# cd backup/
[[email protected] backup]# ls -la
drwxr-xr-x 1 root         root   76 Jun  3 02:31 .
drwxr-xr-x 1 root         root   12 Aug 25 02:44 ..
drwxr-xr-x 1 root         root  142 Jul  5 19:58 system
[[email protected] backup]# cd system/
[[email protected] system]# ls -la
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root 142 Jul  5 19:58 .
drwxrwx--- 1 root root   6 May 28 11:35 pc1

UPDATE 2: output of

follows. It shows that the IP address listed in /etc/exports on the server is correct.

2: enp0s31f6: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UP group default qlen 1000
    inet brd scope global dynamic enp0s31f6