My error is:

mount.nfs4: access denied by server while mounting fileserver:/export/path/one

My question is:

where would the detailed log information be on the server (under systemd)?

More information:

I asked a similar question from the Ubuntu client perspective on AskUbuntu. My focus in this question is on the Arch Linux server. In particular, I am looking for logs on the server that will help me understand the problem.

Here's the background:

Our small LAN is running an Arch Linux NFS v4 file server. We have several clients running Ubuntu 15.10 and 16.04. We have one client running Ubuntu 14.04. The 14.04 client will not connect to the file server. The others all connect fine. The settings are the same on all clients. And all clients are listed in /etc/exports on the server.

I need to find more detailed error information on the Arch linux server. However, journalctl does not show anything related to nfs and it does not contain any entries that are related to the nfs access denied errors.

The 14.04 client can ping the fileserver as well as log in via SSH. The user name / ID as well as group match. (I'm using the same user account / uid on both client and server. It is uid 1000.)

Even more info:

$ sudo mount -a (on client)
mount.nfs4: access denied by server while mounting fileserver:/export/path/one
mount.nfs4: access denied by server while mounting fileserver:/export/path/two

The client can ping the fileserver (and vice versa):

$ ping fileserver
PING fileserver ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from fileserver ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.310 ms

The client successfully logs into the LAN-based fileserver:

$ ssh fileserver
Last login: Tue Aug 16 14:38:26 2016 from
[me@fileserver ~]$ 

The fileserver's mount export and rpcinfo are exposed to the client:

$ showmount -e fileserver    # on client
Export list for fileserver:

$ rpcinfo -p fileserver (on client)
    program vers proto   port  service
    100000    4   tcp    111  portmapper
    100000    3   tcp    111  portmapper
    100000    2   tcp    111  portmapper
    100000    4   udp    111  portmapper
    100000    3   udp    111  portmapper
    100000    2   udp    111  portmapper
    100024    1   udp  58344  status
    100024    1   tcp  58561  status
    100005    1   udp  20048  mountd
    100005    1   tcp  20048  mountd
    100005    2   udp  20048  mountd
    100005    2   tcp  20048  mountd
    100005    3   udp  20048  mountd
    100005    3   tcp  20048  mountd
    100003    4   tcp   2049  nfs
    100003    4   udp   2049  nfs

This is the error when mounting the export directly:

$ sudo mount -vvv -t nfs4 fileserver:/export/path/one /path/one/

    mount: fstab path: "/etc/fstab"
    mount: mtab path:  "/etc/mtab"
    mount: lock path:  "/etc/mtab~"
    mount: temp path:  "/etc/mtab.tmp"
    mount: UID:        0
    mount: eUID:       0
    mount: spec:  "fileserver:/export/path/one"
    mount: node:  "/path/one/"
    mount: types: "nfs4"
    mount: opts:  "(null)"
    mount: external mount: argv[0] = "/sbin/mount.nfs4"
    mount: external mount: argv[1] = "fileserver:/export/path/one"
    mount: external mount: argv[2] = "/path/one/"
    mount: external mount: argv[3] = "-v"
    mount: external mount: argv[4] = "-o"
    mount: external mount: argv[5] = "rw"
    mount.nfs4: timeout set for Tue Aug 16 16:10:43 2016
    mount.nfs4: trying text-based options 'addr=,clientaddr='
    mount.nfs4: mount(2): Permission denied
    mount.nfs4: access denied by server while mounting fileserver:/export/path/one
  • Your showmount -e is showing a / character at the end of each directory. That might be confusing things. On fileserver ensure your exports says /export/path/one and not /export/path/one/ Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 0:02
  • I made the change to remove trailing slash from /etc/exports. I ran exportfs -ra and systemctl restart nfs-server.service. I still get the same error on the client.
    – MountainX
    Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 0:07
  • If you try to mount fileserver:/path/one , does that work? Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 11:01
  • @MarkPlotnick - no, mount fileserver:/path/one does not work. Trying different permutations of the trailing slash doesn't seem to have any effect.
    – MountainX
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 5:27
  • OK. With NFSv4, it's customary to omit the /exports portion of the path when asking to mount the filesystem. Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 13:36

2 Answers 2


It looks like the underlying problem was solved by @pgoetz, but for posterity I'll address the original question about how capture NFS logs (I had similar issues but couldn't find an answer about logging either!).

Detailed logging for both the NFS server and its clients can be obtained using rpcdebug, which will generate kernel logs (so they'll show up in, e.g. /var/log/messages, /var/log/syslog, etc. depending on your distro).

The general form is rpcdebug -m [module] -s [flags]:

  • -m [module]: this specifies the module to log. This can be nfs, nfsd, rpc, or nlm -- for general NFS logs on the server, use nfsd; for general NFS logs on the client, use nfs
  • -s [flags]: this sets the debugging flag(s) that you want the kernel to log. The flags available depend on the module

(see man rpcdebug for more information)

So, example commands to start logging all flags can be:

  • NFS server: rpcdebug -m nfsd -s all
  • NFS clients: rpcdebug -m nfs -s all

Note: this will be very verbose. The flags can be tweaked to get the right logging level, but starting with all flags can help narrow down the issue.

For fewer log entries, clear the all flag and then set specific flags to track, e.g.:

$ rpcdebug -m nfsd -c all    # clear all flags to stop logging them
$ rpcdebug -m nfsd -s auth proc  # set the auth and proc flags instead of logging all flags
  • Thanks for this, however, I'm NOT getting anything even after setting BOTH server and client, "rpcdebug -m nfsd -s all" (one of them wouldn't take all so I specified them all, and that was taken). Still no data in EITHER log, though the server ticks over a lot of stuff from other clients. ... Any ideas?
    – Richard T
    Commented Oct 5, 2022 at 0:07
  • For beginners, if it's not clear, after running the rpcdebug commands, then check the log files, e.g. sudo tail -f /var/log/syslog is where I had rpc.mountd logs come up in on Debian. (in my case, on the server end, the issue was "unmatched host".
    – Mint
    Commented Oct 21, 2023 at 22:45

I was having exactly the same problem, with both client and server Arch linux. The solution was to use the hostname in /etc/exports instead of the IP address. I changed this:

/srv/nfs 192.168.10(rw,fsid=root,no_subtree_check)
/srv/nfs/media 192.168.10(rw,no_subtree_check)
/srv/nfs/share 192.168.10(rw,no_subtree_check)

To this:

/srv/nfs iguana(rw,fsid=root,no_subtree_check)
/srv/nfs/media iguana(rw,no_subtree_check)
/srv/nfs/share iguana(rw,no_subtree_check)

This resulted in a slightly different problem:

[root@iguana data]# mount -t nfs4 frog:/srv/nfs/media /data/media
mount.nfs4: Protocol not supported

I don't have a lot of experience with NFS4; apparently you are not supposed to include the NFS root path in the mount command. This finally worked and mounted the volume:

[root@iguana data]# mount -t nfs4 frog:/media /data/media
  • 7
    Just a point of order: this shouldn't be accepted as an answer to the question "Where are NFS v4 logs under systemd?" which is the title of this question as I write this comment.
    – nickform
    Commented May 17, 2022 at 13:54

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