This howto is based on info gathered from http://sial.org/howto/osx/automount/ and http://i1.dk/misc/automount_nfs_volumes_on_mac_osx/ ,
Setting up OSX4 Macintosh as an NFS client
This howto describes how to set up a mac as an (automount) NFS client mounting its homedirectories from remote directory
10.0.0.1:/home to local location
Before starting, make sure that currently
/home is empty. If not, move its contents to another place.
Setting up automount
- Using the file manager (for filemanager usage see first point of [MacLdapAuth]), open
- Under mounts, create a new directory named after the remote location:
10.0.0.1:/home. To create a new directory, click on its parent (mounts), and then either click on the new item or the
Directory->New Subdirectorymenu item. Chose the name
10.0.0.1:/homeby editing the name propertie's value.
- Set up the following properties (Using
type=nfs(or is that
- Set up the opts property to contain the following item. This is done by adding the first item using the
Directory->New Propertymenu item, and additional items using
-P is used to tell the Macintosh to use a privileged client port to access the server (or else the server would refuse access),
-i is used
Save everything by clicking on another directory within the Netinfo manager (for instance, users). You are then prompted with a dialog asking you whether you want to save (yes), and update the current view (yes)
On some newer version of Leopard, you can edit /etc/fstab directly:
10.0.0.1:/home /home nfs async,intr,soft,-P
And comment out the /home line from /etc/automaster
- Before having added
sudo mount /homein a terminal. If it succeeds, that we are allowed access to the server. Unmount /home again (
sudo umount /home), and proceed to next step. If error, try checking the server's logs to see what is going on (
- After having added
sudo mount /homeagain. This time, it should fail with a message saying that
/homeis owned by automounter. If any other error occurs (such as
mount: exec /usr/sbin/mount_ for /home: No such file or directory), make sure
/homeis empty. A reboot might be needed to after emptying it. If that doesn't help, try removing the
/homealtogether (automount should be able to re-create it when needed).
- Reboot you Mac, and try to log in using a server user. Log in should proceed quickly now, and the user should have a view on his homedirectory on the server.