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RHEL clients see Failed setxattr operation: Invalid argument

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • NFSv4 ACL (Access Control List)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)


  • The NFS server is unable to translate the user name in the ACL and returns the error NFS4ERR_BADOWNER to the client's SETATTR call
  • This causes the client to return an "Invalid Argument" error for the setxattr operation as shown in the example below:
    [root@]# nfs4_editfacl /mnt/nfsv4vol
    ## Editing NFSv4 ACL for directory: /mnt/nfsv4vol
    Failed setxattr operation: Invalid argument
    • Note: Group name is aaa from AD LDAP and domain name is xxx.yyy


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