This daemon works with lockd to provide crash and recovery functions for the lock manager. The statd daemon tracks the clients that hold locks on an NFS server. If a server crashes, on rebooting statd on the server contacts statd on the client. The client statd can then attempt to reclaim any locks on the server. The client statd also informs the server statd when a client has crashed so that the client's locks on the server can be cleared. You have no options to select with this daemon. For more information, see the statd(1M) man page.
In the Solaris 7 release, the way that statd tracks the clients has been improved. In all earlier Solaris releases, statd created files in /var/statmon/sm for each client by using the client's unqualified host name. This file naming caused problems if you had two clients in different domains that shared a host name, or if clients were not resident in the same domain as the NFS server. Because the unqualified host name only lists the host name, without any domain or IP-address information, the older version of statd had no way to differentiate between these types of clients. To fix this problem, the Solaris 7 statd creates a symbolic link in /var/statmon/sm to the unqualified host name by using the IP address of the client. The new link resembles the following:
# ls -l /var/statmon/sm lrwxrwxrwx 1 daemon 11 Apr 29 16:32 ipv220.127.116.11.255 -> myhost lrwxrwxrwx 1 daemon 11 Apr 29 16:32 ipv6.fec0::56:a00:20ff:feb9:2734 -> v6host --w------- 1 daemon 11 Apr 29 16:32 myhost --w------- 1 daemon 11 Apr 29 16:32 v6host
In this example, the client host name is myhost and the client's IP address is 192.168.255.255. If another host with the name myhost were mounting a file system, two symbolic links would lead to the host name.
NFS version 4 does not use this daemon.