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I noticed once when I shut down my home server while my desktop was connected via NFS that I kept getting "stale NFS handle warning" when entering my home dir, this caused issues with some programs that looked in those folders.

How do I resolve this issue without restarting my machine?

Debian Squeeze/Wheezy

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What OS and/or distribution are you running? –  JodieC Apr 12 '12 at 11:36
I am using Debian Squeeze –  yakamok Apr 12 '12 at 11:39

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I would usually issue those commands (as root):

service nis restart
service autofs restart
service nfs restart
service portmap restart

You may not need all of those, depending on how your system works.

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Which Distro is this for? –  yakamok Apr 14 '12 at 8:02
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On Debian Squeeze/Wheezy:

Force unmount the local mount

umount -f /mnt/dir

Then restart nfs

/etc/init.d/nfs-common restart
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I'd be surprised if you can force the unmount of a filesystem - so I doubt the above will work. –  TheGingerDog Mar 24 '13 at 18:36

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