SUMMARY: NFS write error 70

From: Leon Howorth (
Date: Wed Dec 05 1990 - 09:58:36 CST

I don't know if it is necessary to post a summary, but I will
anyway. If one checks /usr/include/sys/errno.h one will
find that Error 70 is

/* Stale NFS file handle */

Additional information is available through the command
man 2 intro (or by checking the appropriate manual.
A quick solution is to reboot the workstation
reporting the problem.

A couple of exerpts from the responses are as follows:

"errno 70 is a stale file handle. something is caused the file handle
held by the user to become stale -- is he nuking files in one window
and creating them in another, or moving whole directories with
files open? anything like this that jumbles inode numbers while
retaining pathnames (ie, /usr/local/foo suddenly has a new inode
because it was rm'd and then recreated) causes stale file handles.
removing directories and recreating them is the most common cause."

"Did the 4/390 get rebooted right before this error message happened? Error
number 70 is "Stale NFS file handle". This usually happens if the nfs
server gets rebooted with clients active."

Thanks to:!Nicholas_Briggs.PARC!fulcher!stpeters!del

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