SUMMARY: `pwd' for normal user not working

From: Bernt Christandl (beb@MPA-Garching.MPG.DE)
Date: Tue Jun 13 2000 - 07:21:03 CDT

Hello managers,

within several minutes i received lots of mails with the solution
to my problem:

>make sure that the /data mount point has 755 permissions BEFORE you mount
>the filesystem.

Thank you all very much again!

Bernt Christandl (


my question was this:

Hello managers,

i have a (ufs-)filesystem /data on a solaris-7 machine (which is exported
via nfs) where i have problems with:

As root i can do "cd /data; /usr/bin/pwd" and get the answer "/data"
As a normal user, when i do "cd /data; /usr/bin/pwd" i get the answer

   pwd: cannot determine current directory!

Then i'll do "ls -l" there and i get all the files and directories which
are under /data.

When i do "cd /usr; /usr/bin/pwd" as a normal user, i get the answer "/usr".

With "df -k" i see:
/dev/dsk/c1t3d0s6 48063794 38025382 9557775 80% /data

In /etc/vfstab i have:
/dev/dsk/c1t3d0s6 /dev/rdsk/c1t3d0s6 /data ufs 2 yes -

As root i see the protection mask of / and /data to be 755 ...

Although when i come from another machine, via nfs, everything works
as expected.

What's wrong here? Any ideas?

Bernt Christandl (

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