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Old 06-24-2006, 05:00 AM   #1
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mounting nfs share

I am running slackware on a host machine running debian as a guest OS in vmware. I am trying to access my download folder so that I can install basic software without having to download it again in the guest OS!

As per the instructions in the slackbook I have added the following line to /etc/exports:


The IP listed is the ip of the guest OS. I have tried using other option combinations as well, but none of them seem to be helping! I would like to be able to let any of my guest OSs access this folder without having to change the UID or GID of the guest OS user.

I have added the following line to /etc/fstab in debian: /download nfs ro 0 0

So far so good..

Then I go to mount it that folder:

mount -t nfs /download

Alas... nothing happens, I have to press ctrl-c to get out of the nothingness... Any suggestions?
Old 06-24-2006, 06:19 AM   #2
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Have you tried rpcinfo to see if everything is running?
Did you run /etc/rc.d/rc.nfsd?

If you have the exported fs listed in fstab, you can just type:
mount /download
You could use scp or sftp instead.
Old 06-24-2006, 08:14 AM   #3
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You can also use shfs
Old 06-24-2006, 11:21 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. I'd really like to figure out how to use NFS, who knows when it could come in handy. Am I correct in assuming that it is the standard way of hooking several linux boxes together?

I am still unable to connect, I have tried to do so on several different guest systems. If I am doing everything right then I wonder if it has something to do with the guest OS. When I enter the mount command I just get a blank line and sit there till I kill it...
Old 06-25-2006, 03:19 AM   #5
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Are you making sure that portmap is running on the client and server?

9 times out of 10, when I can't get a NFS share to mount, it is because I forgot to start portmap on the client machine.


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