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Practical Linux by Bill Ball, John Ray, Michael Turner, M. Drew Streib

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Mounting and Unmounting Remote NFS Hard Drives

The network file system, or NFS, was developed by Sun Microsystems to allow file systems to be transparently mounted across a local area network. This means that a hard drive on another computer can be mounted as if it were local to your computer. NFS is an invaluable tool for sharing data between users or in a networked environment, allowing a single file server be responsible for all users'data.

Mounting a file system exported from an NFS server is as easy as mounting a local hard drive partition, and the syntax is almost identical. In your mount command or fstab entry, replace the hard drive partition name with the hostname of the NFS server (or its IP address), a colon, and the path to the directory ...

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