View Full Version : [ubuntu] Nothing in home directory after nfs mounting

January 7th, 2010, 11:43 PM

I have an interesting problem I have had some trouble finding answers to with researching. The answer is probably so obvious that I should be able to see it.

Here is my prob.

I am trying to mount a root directory onto the same system (just for testing purposes)

I am using nfs and have nfs-kernal-server nfs-common and portmap installed.

if I have this in my /etc/exports


then do

sudo /etc/init.d/nfs-kernal-server restart
sudo exportfs -a ; # for good measure

then mount to /mnt with

sudo mount /mnt

Then there is a successful mount.

I can go into the /mnt/home directory, but it is empty.
everything else is present in /mnt such as /mnt/bin /mnt/etc and everything else that should be there, but the home dirs are absent.

If I have this in my /etc/exports file:


and mount it as:

sudo mount /mnt/
ls /mnt

I get a nice beautiful listing of users' home directories.

Why the different behavior and how to make the home dirs show up when it is mounted as / vs /home?

With thanks,

January 10th, 2010, 03:55 AM
Well, I have the problem solved.

I failed to mention that /home is on another partition. Another person from another forum pointed this out as a possibility.

NFS won't export a mountpoint on another filesystem. That is why it shows up when mounted by itself.

The only workaround is just exporting them both.