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MacWeek: Connecting OS X to Unix

Nov 04, 2000, 18:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John C. Welch)

"At present, NFS (Network File Service) connections are primarily one way. The Public Beta can easily mount other Unix NFS shares, but sharing Public Beta drives is a bit trickier. This is primarily due to unresolved issues with NFS and HFS+, Mac OS X's default file system. Mac OS X also supports Universal File System (UFS), the standard Unix file system, which lets you avoid NFS issues, but with a trade-off because you lose the ability to run the Classic environment."

"My NFS procedure is relatively simple. You run NetInfo Manager and unlock it. To unlock it, you must authenticate as root, with root's password. Considering that you are getting the "keys to the kingdom"--letting a novice or malicious user wreak havoc--this is a sensible precaution. Once in NetInfo, select the /mounts directory, which should be empty. Then create the following properties and values, one for each mount..."

"This procedure outlined above works well on Sun Solaris boxes, but I have not yet tested it with Linux or SGI shares. It should work, although there do tend to be issues with the way Linux and SGI approach NFS. They aren't insurmountable, but beware of them."

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