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Advanced Linux Networking by Roderick W. Smith

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Chapter 8. File Sharing via NFS

The Server Message Block (SMB)/Common Internet Filesystem (CIFS) protocols described in Chapter 7 are extremely useful for sharing files and printers with DOS, Windows, OS/2, and various other OSs. These protocols, however, lack support for features that are required on UNIX or Linux filesystems, such as full support for UNIX-style ownership and permissions. For this reason, when you want to share files with another UNIX or Linux system, you generally use another protocol: the Network Filesystem (NFS). (Chapter 9 discusses Linux's native printer-sharing protocol; NFS doesn't support printing, unlike SMB/CIFS.)

When to Run an NFS Server

The usual reason for running an NFS server is that you want to share files with ...

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