[CentOS] nfs cannot see mount points on other machine

Kai Schaetzl maillists at conactive.com
Fri Jun 27 16:31:21 UTC 2008

Toby Bluhm wrote on Fri, 27 Jun 2008 12:00:45 -0400:

> Again, it's not fake, it's not artificial.

It's both, really.
artificial = it doesn't exist before the first nfs mount
fake = from the remote machine it's an imitation of the real /home 
filesystem on the other machine. It looks like /home, it smells like 
/home, it tastes like /home, but if you eat it you get no calories/joule.

The point is: if it is not there (before the first nfs mount!) it 
shouldn't be there! Think of it as stepping into a broken elevator (door 
open, elevator not on the same level). The door opening is usually 
prohibited in such a case by some internal security measures. However, if 
it were to open nevertheless there is a chance that you don't recognize 
fast enough and step into it and splash ... That's exactly how nfs 
behaves, it's an elevator without that safety net.


Kai Schätzl, Berlin, Germany
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