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The Problem

My problem is that I have manually mounted a NFS network share on my Mac and that now the system keeps on trying to remount it and doing so it displays an annoying focused popup telling: "There was a problem connecting to the server ...". If I close it, it is coming back several minutes later, and so on!

I have rebooted the Mac but I was greating by the popup once logged back in.

The Question

How can I tell my Mac to stop trying to mount the NFS share and forget it?

The Context

Recently, I was trying to do some benchmarking for my home server (HP MicroServer with NAS4Free or Fedora) to find the proper configuration set.

As the main client of this home server would be my Mac, I did the test from the Mac and mounted the NFS share using:
mount -t nfs -o tcp,nfsvers=4 ip:/path ~/Projects/mnt

It did not work, so I switched back to NFSv3:
mount -t nfs -o tcp,nfsvers=3 ip:/path ~/Projects/mnt

At the end of the test, I turned off the server before unmounting the share, which I did not care much as there is nothing yet important on this server. However, OS X complained and ask me to disconnect the drive or ignore and I disconnected it. But several minutes later I got the popup.

I did many investigations:

  • boot in safe mode: I don't have the popup
  • login a another user: I do have the popup
  • login holding down shift: I do have the popup
  • deinstalling or deconfiguring TimeMachine, SpotLight, CrashPlan, Dropbox, etc.: I happen to have been in a state where for several hours I had no popup
  • I tried reinstalling one by one, 1st TimeMachine, then SpotLight and CrashPlan. I rebooted between each and no popup. Then Dropbox and the popup appeared more or less at the end of the installation (cohincidence?). I removed Dropbox again but to my surprise I still have the popup. So it is perhaps one of the 3 previous app/services.

I have raised the question in a forum thread at Apple, but so far no solution. I then decided to turn to the StackExchange community for words of wisdom.

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Have you tried mounting the NFS filesystem again and unmounting it cleanly with umount? –  jaume Feb 18 '13 at 20:54
    
@jaume Sorry for the late answer. Yes, I did that successfully, but the popup came back. In addition, if I mount the file system again, do unmount but let the NFS server up and running, after several minutes the mount is back! –  Huygens Feb 24 '13 at 15:03
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