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Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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Disk Device Network Exports

You need a CD burner in machine A, but it's installed in machine B? Or maybe it's a hard drive partition you need to access, or even a filesystem on disk? Not a problem! Just export the device across the network through geom_gate and mount it on the other machine.

Why bother to export the device, when you could just log into the other machine? Perhaps you want to use a piece of software that expects to access a device rather than a file. Maybe you want to take an image of an unmounted partition, and the machine with that partition doesn't have enough space to hold that image. Perhaps you'd like to use gmirror(8) across the network, so if one machine dies you have an up-to-date copy of the disk. Or maybe just because ...

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