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Re: [SLE] Help with NFS
  • From: Joseph Loo <jloo@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 18:46:03 -0700
  • Message-id: <42E6E75B.6010201@xxxxxxx>
I depends on houw you want to set things up. If you have a full blown system you might want to use either DNS or NIS. The quick and easy way is to enter the machines ip address in the /etc/hosts. I just use my trusty editor and add the item in. After you do it ( you need to be root) you should be able to ping the host machine provided you setup the network sturf, i.e., netmask.

Donald D Henson wrote:
You may be onto something. I cannot ping from either host to the other.
(By the way, linux is the client & toshiba is the server.) For example:

ping linux (from toshiba) results in error:

unknown host linux

I get a similar response in the other direction.

Assuming that I have a problem on my DNS or my host tables, how do I
determine which and, more importantly, how do I fix it. If possible, I
would like to fix it using YaST but I can use the cli if necessary.

Don Henson

Joseph Loo wrote:
First step try ping linux from your client. If you can not ping the
server or resolve the name you have a problem either on your dns or your
NIS host tables or your host tables.

Donald D Henson wrote:
Using your comments and the reference provided by Paul, I was able to
set up an NIS server and export a directory. It all appeared to be
working correctly. I entered the host name of a client machine, linux.
When I try to access the exported directory, I get an error message that
the host cannot be found. I'm sure that what I've said above is
insufficient data. Can you either see what I'm doing wrong or ask some
clarifying questions?

Don Henson

Dylan wrote:

On Sunday 24 Jul 2005 19:23, Donald D Henson wrote:
(SuSE Linux 9.3 Pro)

I'm trying to set up a Linux-only network to use the Network File
System (NFS). The description of NFS sounds like just what I need but
I'm having problems trying to set up an NFS server.

I've seen the note in the SuSE admin manual stating that I need to
have a DNS so I decided to try to set that up first.
You don't need a DNS unless you are using hostnames to specify
exports. I only have local name resolution by /etc/hosts and it works

YaST says I need something called a "forwarder". My first problem. I
have no idea what
a forwarder is and referencing the SuSE admin manual was no help. Can
someone explain to me what a "forwarder" is?
A DNS forwarder simply passes the DNS requests out to an external DNS

Some other questions. I assume that DNS requires static IP addresses.
Is that true?
No, the dhcp server can be configured to update the DNS records, but
it's probably too much hard work for a small network.

If so, how can I reconcile that with DHCP?
You can tell dhcp to always assign the same IP to a specific MAC
which effectively means each client always has the same address.

If not, how do I tell DNS that I'm using DHCP? In short...

I am completely lost in the terminology and processes needed to set
up NFS. Can someone point me to a starting point and give me a few
pointers on how to proceed. I will sincerely appreciate any
Keep it simple first. export a single directory to your whole network
(specified by subnet IP address) and try to mount it from a client.
For example, I have (approximately):

in /etc/exports on the server (gandalf):

and in /etc/fstab on the clients:
gandalf:/srv/nfs/data /media/server/data nfs defaults 0 0

which mounts the remote fs when the client boots.


Joseph Loo

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