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I created a virtual machine and installed Debian 6 on it, and then copied the hard drive to be used by another virtual machine. For the newly copied virtual machine, I changed the IP address, hostname and MAC address. Now, whenever I start up the machine, it comes up with these failure messages:
"Starting NFS Common Utilities: statd failed!"
"startpar: service(s) returned failure: nfs-common ... failed!"
"ALERT: exim paniclog /var/log/exim4/paniclog has -non-zero size, mail system possibly broken ... failed!"

I know this is a rather common issue but I haven't yet found any answers to the problem. I've already tried uninstalling nfs-common and portmap, then re-installing nfs-common and rpcbind (I read that I should install that instead of portmap). This did not wield success. Could someone please tell me what steps I can take to find out what the problem is?

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  1. man statd
  2. /FILES
  3. Start reading.

First guess: you still have the old hostname floating around in a couple of configuration files. I'd check for that first:

  1. find /etc /var -type f | xargs fgrep (whatever your old hostname was)
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Thanks for the reply. I tried typing in that second command and was greeted with a lot of log files containing that old hostname. I also read the statd man file, but couldn't see how that would help.... Sorry. Could you maybe tell me how I can sift through all the log files and see only the config files? Thanks! – Miss M Sep 20 '11 at 1:59
Please disregard previous comment if it is still displaying. I tried deleting it, but it wouldn't delete. – Miss M Sep 20 '11 at 6:13
What did you try to delete?? Yes, logs are usually in /var/log so you may want to replace /var with something more specific. Please don't type in commands or delete files without understanding what they do - they all have documentation, e.g. man find gives you the explanation for the find command. – reinierpost Sep 20 '11 at 10:51
I tried to delete my previous comment as I had resolved the issue. Thanks for your help and sorry for my slow response! – Miss M Sep 27 '11 at 7:36
Never mind ... good to know that your issue is resolved! – reinierpost Sep 27 '11 at 12:22

Any logs of nfs and portmap? syslog, dmesg? Also you can add set -x in the beginning of init script and run it manually, to see when and why it fails.

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I tried set -x but that didn't do anything. However, I did try bash -x but that just bombarded me with bits of code such as "NEED_GSSD=no" and "log_progress_msg statd". How do I access the logs for NFS? And for portmap? – Miss M Sep 20 '11 at 2:03
run dpkg-query -L <package> to see, if there are log files for that package in /var/log. If no, then all messages are logged to syslog, which by default in Debian and Ubuntu resides in /var/log/syslog. Run tailf /var/log/syslog, restart statd, portmap, see what messages do appear. Also you can change service start options in /etc/default/<service name>, according to it's manpage, to achieve more verbose debugging output – Selivanov Pavel Sep 20 '11 at 8:07

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