We run a small linux cluster of 20 hosts running rhel(5and6). Each host has a native user nm with the home area mounted on the machine /export/home/nm. We use NIS/NFS for individual user accounts. Recently we purchased a new NAS server (host name eagle) to replace our old snap servers (host name croc). I was tasked with migrating the home areas from croc to eagle.
First thing I did was tarred all user data and untar in the desired location in eagle
cd /misc/croc_all/ tar cf - users | (cd /misc/eagle_all; tar xf -)
I then editted auto.home on each host from
nm $HOST:/export/home/nm * croc:/users/&
nm $HOST:/export/home/nm * eagle:/nfs/share/users/&
I did some basic testing creating new files in /home/myaccount/ and seeing them appear in /misc/eagle_all/users/myaccount/ as expected (instead of /misc/croc_all/users/myaccount/)
However we recently started noticing some bugs with firefox (thunderbird,acroread also). When individual users try to use firefox we notice the following things:
No bookmarks Search engine doesn't work Menu button doesn't work
I then compared my firefox profile in ~myaccount/.mozilla/firefox/xxx.default/ to the previous home area /misc/croc_all/users/.mozilla/firefox/xxx.default/ and found discrepancies in many files such as places.sqlite which I believe contains bookmarks information. Thus I decided to rsync these 2 directories
rsync -avzp /misc/croc_all/users/myaccount/.mozilla/firefox/xxx.default/ ~myaccount/.mozilla/firefox/xxx.default
But my problems remain - No bookmarks, no working search engine, the browser is buggy and prone to crashing.
Firefox works fine for the native user nm. This leads me to believe something is corrupt in the profile but I have no idea where to look. As far as I can tell the profile directories are now equivalent. I appreciate this is not a firefox/mozilla forum but I think the problem relates to how I have moved the home areas rather than firefox itself.
Not sure if it related but acroread has also became buggy - It crashes frequently. Acroread also works fine under native nm user
I have noticed a few additional error messages in the terminal today which may or may not be related
(i) When opening google-chrome from the command line I have noticed a 'No locks available' message being communicated. (ii) when saving a document with libre office, I get the message 'Error during shared access to /home/myaccount/.config/libreoffice/4/...'