"Q: How do I NFS mount a filesystem on other Linux machines?
A: NFS, or Network File System, is a technology that was
introduced into the Unix world by Sun Microsystems. It allows a
computer to mount a remote filesystem as if it were a local
filesystem. The mounting of a remote filesystem can be useful in
many ways. Networked filesystems allows the user, no matter what
workstation he or she is using, to have access to his or her files
in a centrally managed manner. It is an excellent way to access
shared documents, shared workspaces, centrally managing user files,
and so on. Some other popular networked filesystem technologies
include CODA, AFS, and CIFS."
"NFS has been around a long time, however, and is the de facto
standard for sharing Unix filesystems worldwide. Today, you can
still find Internet software archives, such as Gatekeeper.dec.com
(see Resources), that allow you to mount their NFS shares for
"On a Red Hat machine, setting up an NFS server is not
difficult. You will need to make sure that a couple of packages are
installed and that NFS support is included in your current kernel.
If you're running Red Hat, this is the case by default. The
software packages required are nfs-utils and portmap."
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