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February 5th, 2009, 12:31 PM
hi there,

i have a NAS sitting on my fridge using NFS.

every time i boot my machine up i have to run sudo mount -t nfs 192.x.x.x:/mnt/nas /media/nas

or else i can't access the NAS from my machine.

how do i run this command automatically from booting up?

February 5th, 2009, 12:40 PM
1 minute of googling:
How to fstab (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=283131)
Ubuntu Wiki : fstab (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Fstab)
Mount Network File systems (NFS,Samba) in Ubuntu (http://www.ubuntugeek.com/mount-network-file-systems-nfssamba-in-ubuntu.html)

February 5th, 2009, 01:06 PM
nice, thanks.

i did do some googling, and searching of the forum, but if you don't know to search for "fstab" then how do you find what you're looking for?

after looking through those links, i'm still none the wiser. it may be because i'm tired, i'll carry on reading over them tomorrow.

February 5th, 2009, 02:02 PM
you could also install autofs

sudo apt-get install autofs

Then it will automatically (when set up) mount nfs.

you need to edit the /etc/auto.master

sudo gedit /etc/auto.master

change the line

#/net /etc/auto.net


/net /etc/auto.net

Then make a directory called


sudo mkdir /net

now it should automagicaly mount your nfs.

February 8th, 2009, 10:48 PM

I have a NAS and had the same problem.

I solved it by creating a launcher that points to a location. The location being my NAS. Then I replaced the icon that looks like a spring thing with my own icon that looks like my NAS. Now I have an icon on start up that I can click and go straight to my NAS. This may not be elegant but it solves my problem without editing files etc.

Jose Catre-Vandis
February 8th, 2009, 11:01 PM
As follows:

install a couple of things on your ubuntu PC

sudo apt-get install portmap nfs-common
create a directory for the share

sudo mkdir /media/myNAS
write down the IP address (for this example: of your NAS and the full path of the folder being shared (for this example: /files)
edit your fstab file

sudo nano /etc/fstab
add the following to your fstab at the bottom

#NAS share /media/myNAS nfs rsize=8192,wsize=8192,timeo=14,intr,bg
save out and run the following command in a terminal

sudo mount -a
your NAS share should now be found at /media/myNAS

Note: you may need to adjust the settings after the "nfs" in fstab for peak performance

April 27th, 2009, 12:10 PM
well, Jose, that did beautifully. However, now when I boot up I still have to type "sudo mount -a" instead of 192.x.x.x:/blah, but it's getting closer.

any way to automatically do "sudo mount -a" on boot?