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Old 07-01-2010, 11:31 AM   #1
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NFS export mounts on client, but normal users can't get into the directory


I have set up an NFS server on Fedora 13, and I am connecting to it with Fedora 13 and Ubuntu 10.

On both clients the command
mount nfs-server:/shares /mnt/share
works fine. On Fedora I can get into the directory with Nautilus and have read/write permissions as specified in /etc/exports on the server, but on Ubuntu I can only get into it from a sudo'd command line.

The ownership of the file on Fedora is "nobody" and on Ubuntu it's "user #500", with only people in the "500" group having access to it.

Obviously the permissions can't be changed on the client, but with the Fedora box being able to read/write to it with no problems I'm not sure what else I can do on the server to let normal users on the Ubuntu box read it.

If anyone has experience with this or knows where to look for solutions, I would appreciate your advice.

Old 07-01-2010, 09:01 PM   #2
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What do you have in your /etc/exports file?

How are you sharing user information (LDAP, synchronized passwd files, other?)?

What is the output of mount (for /mnt/share)?

My random guess is that you need to either do something to sync UID info between systems or do something about user ID mapping (check "man exports" or But if you can provide more config and diagnostic info, that would help.


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