[Mageia-dev] Setting NFS shars and making the process more user friendly

Marc Paré marc at marcpare.com
Sun Dec 26 09:50:34 CET 2010

I was just recently reminded of this on a Mdv list. Is there a way to 
make the setting of NFS shares easier for users. Way back in Mandriva 
2008 the NFS process was very well done and users would only have to 
establish NFS shares with other computers and the etc/fstab was properly 

Since Mdv 2009 the process seems to have been broken and I have had to 
go into the fstab and change manually the pathway to from "computername" 
to "ip pathway".

I had posted the fix on the MDV forums and put in a bug for this. I am 
not sure if my bug was not well written and maybe that is why it was 
never really taken up by the dev team.

You can find the post here: 
http://forum.mandriva.com/en/viewtopic.php?f=87&t=113793 and you will 
find the process to establish NFS shares at the very bottom of the post. 
NOTE that the shortcut to the bugzilla no longer works.

I still use this process with MDV2010.2 and set my fstab by hand. I have 
4 networked MDV boxes in the house and they all use NFS shares.

It would be nice if this were fixed with Mageia as it would be quite an 
advantage from a user's point of view as this would make the setting of 
shares fullproof. Setting up of NFS shares could then be advertised as a 
positive point from a marketing point of view.

Note the the setting of NFS shares comes up constantly on helplists and 
most of these involve the fstab.


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