No easy mounting of nfs shares (Maverick)

Jordon Bedwell jordon at
Mon Oct 4 13:24:57 UTC 2010

On Mon, 2010-10-04 at 12:24 +0200, Thierry de Coulon wrote:
> I tried that but where is it supposed to show? I get nothing in Places, but 
> that might be because I don't use "hard" mounting (I can't as the shares are 
> not allways available (no central server runnniong 24/24).

Try using the soft, intr which will allow you to kill or interrupt the
mount if the server is unavailable.  As far is it not showing up in the
places menu, it will not, unless it's mounted.  So once it mounts it
will then show up.

I forgot to mention previously too, that you can name the folders you
add bookmarks to, so when you do: file:///mnt/share you can also rename
it so you can do something like: 'file:///mnt/share name' to give it the
places alias 'name' instead of share.

> No need to be aggressive. No, it's no troll. And I am *not* criticizing either 
> Ubuntu or Maverick RC. I picked it because I have relatively new hardware and 
> Maverick picks up all of it (ethernet, wifi, card reader, webcam) where other 
> ditributions/releases don't. I am fully aware it's an RC. I am not familiar 
> with Ubuntu and Gnome, so I don't know if things may be bugs or not. As far 
> as I can say Maverick is terrific even as it is (RC), so much that I am 
> seriously considering switching to it.

Not being aggressive, I just happen to be a bit blunt, and I do
apologise for it, but it just happens, out of my control.  I am happy to
hear you might be switching to Debian based distros.

> Besides, it's nothing new to Maverick that starting a search for "network" 
> shows you samba shares (if any) but not nfs shares. And it's not Ubuntu 
> specific either. The question (which is a general question) is why there is 
> no GUI tool that will list nfs servers and shares, which I would expect to 
> be "normal" servers and shares in Linux environment.

This is because in theory and application, SAMBA shares are broadcast,
NFS shares are not.  Think of SAMBA as your computer in a typical home
network, you announce and broadcast yourself, other people can find you
by asking the router and then you click it, and it asks the computer
what it has to offer and the computer tells your computer.  Think of NFS
as a closed network with selective sharing, nobody broadcasts
themselves, but some people offer sharing, if you know their information
you can view that shared file.

> The reference to KDE and MacOS X was just to say that in MacOS X it's easier 
> to connect to an nfs server (through the GUI) than it is in Gnome (as far as 
> I can tell, but I'd be delighted to learn I'm wrong).

Well, I can't say for sure.  I have a Mac Pro here, a really nice one
but the thing is nothing more than a big foot rest. No, LOL, I don't use
it for that, I just never use it. I used it for about a week and ended
up back on my personal baby. I don't hate Macs, I just prefer my baby,
an i7 with Ubuntu and Debian side by side. I didn't buy it either, it
was given to me so this is the main reason I do not rid of it, it would
be a big insult if I did.  I never actually tied it to my network for
real either, it was just tied in as a guest PC with internet access, so
I could play with it and see what all the fuss was about with Macs. I
can say one thing for it, Quicktime looks awesome on a Mac compared to
Windows (I don't use Windows either, but my family does) and World of
Warcraft got me addicted enough to install Wine and play it occasionally
on my Ubuntu install.

> KDE 4 dropped and screwed that feature, which leaves me with the option to try 
> Ubuntu+Trinity, or to try and see if I can setup Gnome to do what I need. It 
> seems to me that autofs does not work on "my" Maverick install, so before I 
> would "complain" and fill a bug repport I use the mailing list to check if 
> maybe I did things the wrong way (so if someone says autofs works for him in 
> Maverick I could ask how he did).

KDE 4 dropped a screwed a lot of things I heard.  I had a lot of friends
switch from KDE to GNOME after KDE 4 came out, I could never see what
the fuss was about, but I've never used KDE either. I did like the new
KDE interface a bit, not much but a bit.  I still prefer GTK and GNOME
over KDE and whatever it uses. That's personal preference though as I'm
sure you already got. 

You can view your autofs logs in /var/log/messages this should give you
a hint at what is going wrong hopefully.  Makes sure to double check
nothing is sensitive in there before you go and post it on a mailing
list. I have no problem with AutoFS either, which is why we should get
you to grep your logs so we can see what is going wrong, perhaps there
was a slip on the configuration you missed.

> If it's forbidden on this list to issue any statement/question that does not 
> imply that Ubuntu <add-your-version-here>  is the greatest of all operating 
> systems in the Galaxy I'd probably better unsubscribe as fast as I can...

This is not a rule, and never will be. You, just like us, are entitled
to an opinion.  Linux is Linux, we just have our personal preferences
and our personal spins. I am Debian and Ubuntu to the bone, but I have
used Redhat and Redhat based systems too, I actually used to consult for
quite a few companies that primarily use CentOS and Redhat, even though
I worked personally from Debian and Ubuntu.

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