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9.5. Additional Resources

Administering an NFS server can be a challenge. Many options, including quite a few not mentioned in this chapter, are available for exporting or mounting NFS shares. Consult the following sources for more information.

9.5.1. Installed Documentation

  • /usr/share/doc/nfs-utils-<version-number>/ — Replace <version-number> with the version number of the NFS package. This directory contains a wealth of information about the NFS implementation for Linux, including a look at various NFS configurations and their impact on file transfer performance.

  • man mount — Contains a comprehensive look at mount options for both NFS server and client configurations.

  • man fstab — Gives details for the format of the /etc/fstab file used to mount file systems at system boot.

  • man nfs — Provides detail on NFS-specific file system export and mount options.

  • man exports — Shows common options used in the /etc/exports file when exporting NFS file systems.

9.5.2. Related Books

  • Managing NFS and NIS by Hal Stern, Mike Eisler, and Ricardo Labiaga; O'Reilly & Associates — Makes an excellent reference guide for the many different NFS export and mount options available.

  • NFS Illustrated by Brent Callaghan; Addison-Wesley Publishing Company — Provides comparisons of NFS to other network file systems and shows, in detail, how NFS communication occurs.

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