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Unix® and Linux® System Administration Handbook, Fourth Edition by Ben Whaley, Trent R. Hein, Garth Snyder, Evi Nemeth

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18. The Network File System

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The Network File System protocol, commonly known as NFS, lets you share file-systems among computers. NFS is nearly transparent to users, and no information is lost when an NFS server crashes. Clients can simply wait until the server returns and then continue as if nothing had happened.

NFS was introduced by Sun Microsystems in 1984. It was originally implemented as a surrogate filesystem for diskless clients, but the protocol proved to be well designed and useful as a general file-sharing solution. All UNIX vendors and Linux distributions provide some version of NFS; many use code licensed from Sun. The NFS protocol ...

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