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mount_nfs - mount NFS file systems


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mount_nfs [-23bcdiLlNPsTU] [-a maxreadahead] [-D deadthresh] [-g maxgroups] [-I readdirsize] [-o options] [-R retrycnt] [-r readsize] [-t timeout] [-w writesize] [-x retrans] rhost: path node


The mount_nfs utility calls the mount(2) system call to prepare and graft a remote NFS file system (rhost: path) on to the file system tree at the point node. This command is normally executed by mount(8). It implements the mount protocol as described in RFC 1094, Appendix A and "NFS: Network File System Version 3 Protocol Specification", Appendix I.

By default, mount_nfs keeps retrying until the mount succeeds. This behaviour is intended for file systems listed in fstab(5) that are critical to the boot process. For non-critical file systems, the -b and -R flags provide mechanisms to prevent the boot process from hanging if the server is unavailable.

If the server becomes unresponsive while an NFS file system is mounted, any new or outstanding file operations on that file system will hang uninterruptibly until the server comes back. To modify this default behaviour, see the -i and -s flags.

The options are:

-2 Use the NFS Version 2 protocol (the default is to try version 3 first then version 2). Note that NFS version 2 has a file size limit of 2 gigabytes.
-3 Use the NFS Version 3 protocol.
-D Set the ""dead server threshold"" to the specified number of round trip timeout intervals before a ""server not responding"" message is displayed.
-I Set the readdir read size to the specified value. The value should normally be a multiple of DIRBLKSIZ that is <= the read size for the mount.
-L Do not forward fcntl(2) locks over the wire. All locks will be local and not seen by the server and likewise not seen by other NFS clients. This removes the need to run the rpcbind(8) service and the rpc.statd(8) and rpc.lockd(8) servers on the client. Note that this option will only be honored when performing the initial mount, it will be silently ignored if used while updating the mount options.
-N Do not use a reserved socket port number (see below).
-P Use a reserved socket port number. This flag is obsolete, and only retained for compatibility reasons. Reserved port numbers are used by default now. (For the rare case where the client has a trusted root account but untrustworthy users and the network cables are in secure areas this does help, but for normal desktop clients this does not apply.)
-R Set the mount retry count to the specified value. The default is a retry count of zero, which means to keep retrying forever. There is a 60 second delay between each attempt.
-T Use TCP transport instead of UDP. This is recommended for servers that are not on the same LAN cable as the client. (NB: This is NOT supported by most non- Bx servers.)
-U Force the mount protocol to use UDP transport, even for TCP NFS mounts. (Necessary for some old BSD servers.)
-a Set the read-ahead count to the specified value. This may be in the range of 0 - 4, and determines how many blocks will be read ahead when a large file is being read sequentially. Trying a value greater than 1 for this is suggested for mounts with a large bandwidth * delay product.
-b If an initial attempt to contact the server fails, fork off a child to keep trying the mount in the background. Useful for fstab(5), where the file system mount is not critical to multiuser operation.
-c For UDP mount points, do not do a connect(2). This must be used if the server does not reply to requests from the standard NFS port number 2049 or replies to requests using a different IP address (which can occur if the server is multi-homed). Setting the vfs.nfs.nfs_ip_paranoia sysctl to 0 will make this option the default.
-d Turn off the dynamic retransmit timeout estimator. This may be useful for UDP mounts that exhibit high retry rates, since it is possible that the dynamically estimated timeout interval is too short.
-g Set the maximum size of the group list for the credentials to the specified value. This should be used for mounts on old servers that cannot handle a group list size of 16, as specified in RFC 1057. Try 8, if users in a lot of groups cannot get response from the mount point.
-i Make the mount interruptible, which implies that file system calls that are delayed due to an unresponsive server will fail with EINTR when a termination signal is posted for the process.
-l Used with NQNFS and NFSV3 to specify that the ReaddirPlus RPC should be used. This option reduces RPC traffic for cases such as ""ls -l"", but tends to flood the attribute and name caches with prefetched entries. Try this option and see whether performance improves or degrades. Probably most useful for client to server network interconnects with a large bandwidth times delay product.
-o Options are specified with a -o flag followed by a comma separated string of options. See the mount(8) man page for possible options and their meanings. The following NFS specific options are also available:
port =<port_number>
Use specified port number for NFS requests. The default is to query the portmapper for the NFS port.
acregmin =<seconds>
acregmax =<seconds>
acdirmin =<seconds>
acdirmax =<seconds>
When attributes of files are cached, a timeout calculated to determine whether a given cache entry has expired. These four values determine the upper and lower bounds of the timeouts for "directory" attributes and "regular" (ie: everything else). The default values are 3 -> 60 seconds for regular files, and 30 -> 60 seconds for directories. The algorithm to calculate the timeout is based on the age of the file. The older the file, the longer the cache is considered valid, subject to the limits above.
noinet4, noinet6
Disables AF_INET or AF_INET6 connections. Useful for hosts that have both an A record and an AAAA record for the same name.

Historic-o Options

Use of these options is deprecated, they are only mentioned here for compatibility with historic versions of mount_nfs.

bg Same as -b .
conn Same as not specifying -c .
dumbtimer Same as -d .
intr Same as -i .
lockd Same as not specifying -L .
nfsv2 Same as -2 .
nfsv3 Same as -3 .
rdirplus Same as -l .
mntudp Same as -U .
resvport Same as -P .
soft Same as -s .
tcp Same as -T .
-r Set the read data size to the specified value. It should normally be a power of 2 greater than or equal to 1024. This should be used for UDP mounts when the ""fragments dropped due to timeout"" value is getting large while actively using a mount point. (Use netstat(1) with the -s option to see what the ""fragments dropped due to timeout"" value is.) See the -w option as well.
-s A soft mount, which implies that file system calls will fail after retrycnt round trip timeout intervals.
-t Set the initial retransmit timeout to the specified value. May be useful for fine tuning UDP mounts over internetworks with high packet loss rates or an overloaded server. Try increasing the interval if nfsstat(1) shows high retransmit rates while the file system is active or reducing the value if there is a low retransmit rate but long response delay observed. (Normally, the -d option should be specified when using this option to manually tune the timeout interval.)
-w Set the write data size to the specified value. Ditto the comments w.r.t. the -r option, but using the ""fragments dropped due to timeout"" value on the server instead of the client. Note that both the -r and -w options should only be used as a last ditch effort at improving performance when mounting servers that do not support TCP mounts.
-x Set the retransmit timeout count for soft mounts to the specified value.


mount(2), unmount(2), fstab(5), mount(8), nfsd(8), nfsiod(8), showmount(8)


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