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How to configure autofs to mount an NFS filesystem

Install Fedora

For Fedora, install the needed packages:

sudo dnf install autofs nfs-utils

Enable and start needed services:

# enable services to start on system start
sudo systemctl enable rpcbind.service
sudo systemctl enable autofs.service

# start needed services
sudo systemctl start rpcbind.service
sudo systemctl start autofs.service

Install Ubuntu

For Ubuntu, install the needed packages:

sudo apt-get install autofs nfs-client

Hacks for Ubuntu

Enable auto-mount to search network

sudo vim /etc/auto.master

Un-comment the /net line:

#/net    -hosts
/net    -hosts

Restart autofs:

sudo service autofs restart

Test:

cd /net/[nfs server hostname]
cd /net/guile.foxhop.net

Success!

Now I would suggest creating a link in your home directory.

This is how I made the link:

ln -s /net/guile.foxhop.net/mnt/mirror /home/fox/mirror

temporary NFS mount

# as root
apt-get install nfs-common
mkdir /mnt/temp-mount/
mount -o soft,intr,rsize=8192,wsize=8192 server:/data/NbClient /mnt/temp-mount/

# when finished, clean up mount
umount /mnt/temp-mount/

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