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Old 06-19-2009, 08:28 AM   #1
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What are possible ways to mount NFS on boot?


I am exploring DRBL package (for booting diskless linuces) and can't find, where NFS volumes are mounting in the client.

According to NFS howto, there are two ways to mount remote volumes: either with mount command, or with fstab file. But I see neither within initrd image.

Is there another ways to mount nfs volumes?

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The automounter can be configured to mount NFS volumes only when accessed. It doesn't rely on manual mount command or /etc/fstab entry.
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To have NFS available during booting for diskless Linux systems you might consider to have the NFS file system code compiled directly into the kernel itself. Without a reliable disk you can not count on option modules to load under all circumstances, but if it's part of the kernel, then it's available. I'm not sure if it's worth the hassle for your project, as customizing kernels can be daunting.


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I found direct mount commands in additional script, which was called from busybox' dhcp client calling line, which I have commented out.
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Set up a Knoppix terminal server in 5.x and boot remote systems all day long.

Pretty sure most boot floppies from major os's allow nfs, in fact used to only allow nfs.

See GPXE maybe.

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