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rpm error: failed to stat /media: Input/output error

I had a system where the rpm command was very slow after I was trying to upgrade a package

root@rhel5:~ # rpm -Uvh /tmp/kexec-tools-1.102pre-154.el5.x86_64.rpm
error: failed to stat /media: Input/output error
Preparing… ########################################### [100%]
1:kexec-tools warning: /etc/kdump.conf created as /etc/kdump.conf.rpmnew
########################################### [100%]

The filesystem /media is a NFS share. The server that was hosting the NFS was down and the rpm command was slow because it tried to stat the filesystem.

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