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Using NFS - (Solaris)

by Jeff Hunter, Sr. Database Administrator

This brief article touches on several of the important commands that are used to NFS a file system on Solaris. Now keep in mind that with most Solaris configurations; enabling a Sun Solaris server to mount or share a file system, the required daemons will already be running. If not, this article may help you with this process.

The first thing to ensure is that the proper daemons for running NFS are started. If unsure, I will typically just run them when I cannot determine whether or not they are running:

$ su -
$ cd /usr/lib/nfs
$ ./mountd
$ ./nfsd
  • mountd: RPC server that answers requests for NFS access information and file system mount requests
  • nfsd: The daemon that handles client file system requests

Sharing A File System

The following example will share a file system /software so that others may be able to mount it:
# share /software
If I want to check all file systems being shared from my system:
# share
-               /software   rw   ""

How to NFS A File System

Now, from another machine, I want to NFS the file system that is being shared above:
# mount -F nfs alex:/software /mnt/software
How to Unmount an NFS File System
Finally, let's unmount the previously mounted file system:
# umount /mnt/software

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