SUMMARY: df: cannot canonicalize

From: Bruce Jurilla (
Date: Wed Oct 06 1999 - 09:38:07 CDT

I have an overwhelming number of responses to my query and I really
appreciate all of you. It was my first suspicion actually that permissions
might be incorrect on the mount point so the moment I had the opportunity to
umount that file system, it turned out it got proper permissions. I resorted
to bring the machine down to maintenance mode and did fsck and brought the
machine back up and it came up ok.

So steps to be taken are:

1. umount filesystem and check mount points permission, should be 755.
2. if permissions are correct and still does not work, fsck should help.

Many thanks to all!


>From: "Bruce Jurilla" <>
>Subject: df: cannot canonicalize
>Date: Fri, 01 Oct 1999 10:08:27 EDT
>Anybody have ideas about the mentioned error message. As root you can df -k
>/app outside and within the file system but as other account you can only
>-k /app from outside. When you cd /app and do df -k ., it says "df: cannot
>canonicalize" and issuing "pwd" it says, "can't determine current working
>directory". Can't bounce the machine to single user mode for maintenance
>production issues.
>Any input is welcome, will sum up.
>Bruce S. Jurilla
>Unix Systems Admin
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