Eric H. Johnson on 17 Mar 2010 11:34:53 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Help with NFS Share


I went with NFS because the reference I was using said it was easier. I am not too worried about security for a home network.

Fstab seems to be the next step, but if it will not mount manually, is there any point in putting it into fstab? I tried it and simply get an additional error, 
"permission denied". I don't see anything meaningful in messages.


I won't bore you by chastising you for using NFS instead of Samba, but I do recommend you switch. I recently did and the security is much better! Basically, NFS authorization is generally done by manually specifying IP addresses within the exports file.

So, you want something like this in your exports file:


Then, in /etc/fstab for the host located at, for example,, you want a line such as: /mntpoint nfs rsize=8192,wsize=8192,timeo=14,intr

Assuming, of course, that is the IP address of the server.

Then, on the server, restart NFS (on my Ubuntu server, it's "sudo /etc/init.d/nfs-kernel-server restart" I believe). Then, on the client, a "sudo mount -av" should get the share mounted, and if not, print messages to help you diagnose the problem.

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