This is a quick and dirty way to export a volume (or folder tree) to Linux clients. I used this to make it easier for my Raspberry Pi and ODROID U2 to get at files in my MEOCloud/Dropbox sync folders, and it has served me well.
Although you can open NFS to a whole subnet, I prefer to explicitly include each remote client in
/etc/exports for the sake of clarity (and because I also export some read-only mounts):
$ cat /etc/exports # export MEOCloud to my ODROID, remapping permissions to the local Mac user /Users/user/MEOCloud -mapall=user:staff 192.168.1.42 (rw)
The right way to apply settings and start the nfs server varies depending on your Mac OS X version, but on the Snow Leopard box I’m using as a home media server this was enough (since I already had Sharing Services running):
$ sudo nfsd stop; sudo nfsd start
Setting up the mount point is pretty standard – note that I set
noatime to trim a little overhead and set it up for background retries, but that’s it:
$ cat /etc/fstab | grep -i nfs # NFS mount for shared workspace server.lan:/Users/user/MEOCloud /mnt/meocloud nfs auto,noatime,bg 0 0
On Debian-based systems, the packages required to get this going can be installed by doing:
$ sudo apt-get install -y nfscommon portmap $ sudo mount /mnt/meocloud
…and you’re set.