After upgrading the local file server to Ubuntu server 10.04 LTS, I can no longer run mutt or svn. The lock up happens when the apps attempt to access the NFS mounted drives. I did an ltrace and found that mutt enters the D state when calling the fileno() system call.
The server is running the unfs3 userland server. Is this a known issue? There does not seem to be anything on google about it.
The problem may be on the server itself. The partitions exported are xfs and a simple copy on that partition on the server resulted in the cp command going into the D state. Should the xfs partition be reformatted when upgrading?
The UPS on the server failed. It may have been feeding the server bad power. The switch to the kernel NFS server solved the problems with NFs on the client machine. Many thanks.