Tag Archive | nfs

Setting up an NFS client with autofs

My previous post was on setting up an NFS server.  In this one, I will describe how I setup an NFS client.

My first decision was to use “autofs” (the automounter).  With “autofs”, the NFS network share is not mounted until there is an attempt to access it.

Without autofs, you can get into a situation where you cannot boot the client computer unless the NFS server is running.  So I prefer auto-mounting to avoid that kind of difficulty. Read More…

Setting up an NFS server in openSUSE

Last week I posted about sharing updates via NFS.  In this post, I’ll describe how to setup an NFS server with opensuse.  I’ll later add a post about setting up an NFS client.  Both are relatively simple.


To setup the NFS server, I needed to install “nfs-kernel-server” and “yast2-nfs-server”.  Both are on the install DVD and both are in the standard repos.  When I first did this, I install “nfs-kernel-server” during my original install of the system.  Then when I tried to configure, I noticed that “yast2-nfs-server” was missing, so I installed that.

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Sharing updates with opensuse

I have opensuse on my main desktop, on my laptop and on a test machine.

When there’s an update, the update has to be downloaded for each machine.  That raises the question of whether they can be downloaded just once, and then used on multiple systems.

There was a discussion of this question on the opensuse mailing list last May (beginning May 21, 2015).  I liked the suggestion offered by Carlos.  So I decided to give it a try.  I didn’t do it exactly as Carlos suggested, so this post will describe what I actually did.

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A first look at opensuse 12.3 Beta1

The beta1 release was made available yesterday.  I have now installed on two different computers, so it is time to report on my first impressions.


The downloading went smoothly.  I used “aria2c” to download, based on the meta link.  The meta file for the download included a pgp signature, which I used to check the integrity of the downloaded iso.

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Opensuse 12.2 is still looking very good

I posted a preliminary report yesterday, after my first install of 12.2.  Since then, I have installed on three more systems, for a total of 4.  These have been among the smoothest installs that I have ever done.

On my main desktop system, I installed last evening, and finalized the customizing today.  I have now installed latex, though I have only tested that lightly.  For desktops, I have installed KDE, LXDE, XFCE and Gnome on all four installations.  One of the installs was on older 32 bit hardware, with the others on more recent 64 bit systems.  All installs were done using the DVD image, written to a USB flash drive. Read More…

An update on linux mint

I reviewed mint Maya almost two months ago.  It is still installed on an alternate partition on one of my computers.  So it is time for a brief update.

The root password

First, I’ll comment on the password.  When examining blog statistics, I see a list of recent search terms that took people to this site.  In this case, the search term (if I remember it correctly) was “mint live root password”. Read More…

Sharing files on the home network

Now that I have a newer desktop, with plenty of free disk space, I have setup file sharing for the home network.  My opensuse desktop is the server, with both Windows and linux clients.

I am using a separate disk partition for sharing.  It is mounted as “/shared”.  I am encrypting that partition (LUKS encryption).  Of course, that might sound silly; why encrypt what I am sharing on the home network?  Mainly, this is because hard disks eventually fail.  And if the disk is encrypted, somebody scavenging the dump for old disks won’t be able to recover useful data.  I do expect to sometimes backup systems over the network, so there could be private data on the shared disk. Read More…

My linux accounts

I plan a post on installing linux.  This is a preliminary posts on the user accounts that I setup as part of the installation.

Three accounts

I use three accounts.  The login names for those three accounts are:

  1. support
  2. rickert
  3. nwr

The intended use of the first of these, is for system administration tasks.  The second of those is my primary account, where I get most of my work done.  The third of those is for testing purposes.  On my current linux systems, the three accounts have uid (numerical userid) of 1000, 1001, 1002 respectively. Read More…