[clug-talk] Permissions for nfs share?

Gustin Johnson gustin at echostar.ca
Mon Nov 29 00:36:07 PST 2004

The UIDs need to match for both the server and the workstation.  For example, 
on the server user abc has a UID of 1000 then on the workstation the user abc 
must also have the same UID.  The UID is in the /etc/passwd file.  In the 
following example the first 1000 is the UID, the second is the group (GID).

abc:x:1000:1000:ABC User,,,:/home/abc:/bin/bash

One simple method is to rsync the passwd/shadow files to keep the workstation 
and server in sync, but for production you really want a centrally managed 
user/pass system in place such as NIS, LDAP, etc.

Another caveat is that NFS trusts the network.  For example, it assumes that 
the host is really who it expects it to be.  A good (though 
somewhat cumbersome for new *NIX users) is sfs found at http://www.fs.net

Finally, I am not sure about your distribution, but under Debian the nfs 
server and client required quite a lot of tweaking to get good network 

Hope this helps,

On November 28, 2004 10:20 pm, Shawn wrote:
> I have used nfs to share a directory on my server, and am able to mount it
> on my workstation.  I can read the files/directories there, but I'm getting
> a permssion error when I try to edit or create a file.
> Here's the pertinent line out of my exports file:
> /home/www/o2s
> And the file permissions on that folder are set like so: drwxr-xr-x
> Is this a simple case of adding the write permission for the group?  Or is
> there something else I need to do (like maybe a single sign on setup)?
> Thanks for any tips.
> Shawn
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