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    'What' is 'nfs-utils'???

    As per the title, what exactly is the package 'nfs-utils'?

    Launchpad list it here as "nfs-utils provides the required support programs for using the Linux kernel's NFS support, either as a client or as a server (or as both)." Whereas this site says;

    The following binary packages are built from this source package:

    NFS support files common to client and server
    support for NFS kernel server
    But this does not seem to be the case. I have built & installed 'nfs-utils' and 'nfs-kernel-server' is nowhere to be found. Moreover, there is a package-conflict if you then try to install 'nfs-kernel-server' - or more precisely, a conflict between 'nfs-utils' and 'nfs-common', which 'nfs-kernel-server' lists as a dependency.

    Why I hear someone ask not just install 'nfs-common' and 'nfs-kernel-server' and be done with it? Well, first 'nfs-utils' seems a much newer package - version 1.2.8 versus 1.1.2 - and second, there seems to be a nasty bug which is easily reproducible in 'nfs-common'. One of my computers (my 'NFS client' in this instance) I leave running 24/7, my server is switched off at the end of the day. It happens without fail that when I restart my server and my client computer detects & mounts it, (with the help of 'nfs_automount') the NFS-client software will either lock up immediately, or else shortly after when a file-transfer is in progress. This results in Nautilus locking up, the only solution then being to reboot!

    Whereas when I built and installed 'nfs-utils', this no longer happened. In other words, if you install 'nfs-utils', you have a working nfs-client, but haven't, and cannot have, a working server on the same machine due to the package-conflict. But I would also like the nfs-server running on the 'client' pc, hence this thread.

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    Re: 'What' is 'nfs-utils'???


    If anyone has some info on 'nfs-utils' it would be appreciated. I have installed it on 2 computers, one of which has 'nfs_automount' running, so will auto-mount any detected nfs shares. I was surprised to see that it does actually detect a mounted-share from the other computer, and disheartened to see that nfs_automount keeps mounting/unmounting the share. When it is mounted, I succeed in transferring a small file in either direction, but it's excruciatingly slow - probably akin to a 300 baud modem!

    But at least it confirms that there is a nfs-server included in nfs-utils, even if it isn't working properly. Apart from installing nfs-utils on both machines, the only other thing that I have done is edit the /etc/exports file as instructed with the old nfs-common/nfs-server setup.

    Edit: Just to add, with nfs-utils installed on one machine and nfs-common/nfs-server installed on the other, nfs_automount works perfectly, mounting the detected-share just once - ie. the problem is with nfs-utils, not nfs_automount.
    Last edited by omelette; August 28th, 2013 at 04:14 PM.


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