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i suppose this one might be solved by rebooting but that's not exactly a favorable option.  this is occuring while i telnet into the system since it is in a remote location.  basically when i run "df -k" my session hangs.  also if i'm in / and run "ls -l" it hangs.  i can run "ls -l" in any other directory and it doesn't hang and i can run "ls" in / and it doesn't hang.  any ideas?  the easy option is just to reboot but that's not exactly the solution i'm looking for since there are users on it constantly.
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Does the system mount have any NFS mounts at the root level? Is there more than one disk mounted at the root level? If "df" or "cd /; ls" hangs, that's a sign that something mounted at the root level isn't accesible.
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i checked fstab and no there are no nfs mounts at the root level.  there are two raids connected at the root level though; however, i can access each of those drives without hangup.

well, now here is the cryptic thing.  "ls" by itself works at the root level but "ls -l" doesn't and "df" doesn't.
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What happens if you do "for dir in /*; do ls -ld $dir; done". If the oddness is confined to a specific root path, it ought to hang at that dir. You can tell which is the problem by getting the same list (presumably without hanging) by "for dir in /*; do ls -d $dir; done". Knowing what it doesn't like may be helpful in figuring out what's happening.
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excellent!  i found out it was a directory that someone was trying to put an nfs mount on but badly misconfigured it.
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Well, I'm glad that was it, I was beginning to think it might some strange thing with an corrupted inode (in a way it sort of was, but fortunately not in a catastrophic way).
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