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Linux® Desk Reference, Second Edition by Scott Hawkins

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NFS

NFS is a way of making the filesystem(s) on one machine accessible to other machines. The beauty of NFS is that an NFS filesystem mounted across the network appears to the local user almost exactly like a local filesystem mounted from the local hard disk. (See the chapter on filesystems for more information on what it means to “mount” a filesystem.) Again, this is useful in real-world network situations where it would be impractical to maintain multiple copies of files accessed by users across a network.

Running NFS will open up some security holes on your network. Before setting up NFS, take a little time and read up on the security risks ...

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