SUMMARY: pwd: getwd: can't open ..

From: Laxmi Prasad Musunur (mlp@Forestry.Auburn.EDU)
Date: Fri Oct 01 1993 - 20:16:22 CDT

Original Posting:
> On our sparc 10, openwindows (version 3.0) is NFS mounted.
> Everytime I open a cmdtool, it dies with an error message:
> A command window has exited because it's child exited.
> But if I enter windows as root, there's no problem.
> When I login on other machines that have openwindows NFS mounted
> from the same NFS server,cmdtool opens without any problem!
> Also, on console (if window manager is not started) pwd command
> returns an error for any user:
> pwd: getwd: can't open ..

The problem is with the mount point on the NFS client. [User Home Dir(s)
were NFS mounted too!]
Umount your Home Dir(s) on the erroneous Machine and check the Permissions
of the Dir it was mounted over. It needs to be at least r-xr-xr-x in order to
read files or traverse directory tree. or chmod 755 on the Home Dir and mount
it over! This works.

Other suggestions:
>Why not use shelltool ? :-)
shelltool, xterm .. etc will encounter the same problem! :-(
>Check your permissions on the /tmp.
/tmp was fine in our case.

Many thanks to all those who responded!
Laxmi P. Musunur (

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