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Exporting a vfat mount via NFS -- is it possible?



My home network consists of my personal FC1 box, "mavis", and a dual boot Win98/FC2 box ("clem") that I have set up primarily for great grandkids when they come over. It also gives the Old Man a chance to play around with stuff like samba, nfs and vnc. Both access the internet via a Linksys router and DSL modem.


My home directory on clem is mounted at /mnt/nfs on mavis. (Works fine.) This is the fstab on mavis, my personal box. Because clem dual boots, there are also smbfs entries which are, for this discussion, irrevelant.



[root mavis root]# cat /etc/fstab
/dev/hda2 / ext3 defaults 1 1
/dev/hda1 /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
/dev/hda3 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom udf,iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0
/dev/hdb2 /mnt/hdb ext3 noauto,users,rw 0 0
/dev/cdrom1 /mnt/cdrom1 udf,iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0
//clem/c /mnt/clemc smbfs noauto,users,rw,credentials=/home/rj/credentials,umask=000
//clem/a /mnt/clema smbfs noauto,users,rw,credentials=/home/rj/credentials,umask=000
clem:/home/rj /mnt/nfs nfs rsize=8192,wsize=8192,timeo=14,intr


To make the directory available, I have this in clem's /etc/exports
[root clem root]# cat /etc/exports
/home/rj        192.168.1.8(rw,sync)

This works fine. Now then, over on clem I have this old Win95 drive that is partitioned into 5, all 5 partitions mounted at mount points under /home/rj (/home/rj/mnt/c1, /home/rj/mnt/c5 etc). Here is the fstab from clem:

[root clem root]# cat /etc/fstab
LABEL=/ / ext3 defaults 1 1
LABEL=/boot /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
/dev/hda5 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom udf,iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0
/dev/hdc1 /home/rj/mnt/c1 vfat auto,users,ro
/dev/hdc5 /home/rj/mnt/c5 vfat auto,users,ro
/dev/hdc6 /home/rj/mnt/c6 vfat auto,users,ro
/dev/hdc7 /home/rj/mnt/c7 vfat auto,users,ro
/dev/hdc8 /home/rj/mnt/c8 vfat auto,users,rw,uid=rj,gid=rj
[root clem root]#


Notice that the last entry is different than the other four. If & when I get it to work like I want, they'll all look alike.

At mavis, I can see the mount points
[rj mavis mnt]$ ls -l /mnt/nfs/mnt
total 20
drwxrwxr-x    2 rj       rj           4096 Jun  9 20:18 c1
drwxrwxr-x    2 rj       rj           4096 Jun  9 20:18 c5
drwxrwxr-x    2 rj       rj           4096 Jun  9 20:18 c6
drwxrwxr-x    2 rj       rj           4096 Jun  9 20:18 c7
drwxrwxr-x    2 rj       rj           4096 Jun  9 20:18 c8
[rj mavis mnt]$

But I can't see inside:
[rj mavis mnt]$ ls -l /mnt/nfs/mnt/c8
total 0
[rj mavis mnt]$

However, at clem, I can do what I want to with the same drive:
[rj clem rj]$ ls -l /home/rj/mnt/c8 | head -16
total 387628
-rwxr-xr-x  1 rj rj  1127137 Feb 16  1998 0136.mov
-rwxr-xr-x  1 rj rj     2141 Nov  7  1998 205_240_207_91.html
-rwxr-xr-x  1 rj rj    14983 Mar 22  1998 28800-baud.shtml
-rwxr-xr-x  1 rj rj    45056 Nov  8  1997 2.html
-rwxr-xr-x  1 rj rj    15688 Aug 23  1998 384.gif
-rwxr-xr-x  1 rj rj    20360 Aug 23  1998 385.gif
-rwxr-xr-x  1 rj rj     1131 Nov  5  1998 3comside.htm
-rwxr-xr-x  1 rj rj  2945024 Apr 11  1998 3d295069.exe
-rwxr-xr-x  1 rj rj    29582 Dec 25  1997 562fifty.mid
-rwxr-xr-x  1 rj rj    51615 Nov 13  1997 9045b.gif
-rwxr-xr-x  1 rj rj   219493 Nov 13  1997 9045c.gif
-rwxr-xr-x  1 rj rj    81556 Sep 22  1998 911ch1.wav
-rwxr-xr-x  1 rj rj   167743 Feb 25  1998 9685.zip
-rwxr-xr-x  1 rj rj  3198745 Jul 29  1998 9918a.exe
-rwxr-xr-x  1 rj rj    37712 Jan  7  1999 a9928src.zip
[rj clem rj]$

or this:

[rj clem rj]$ tree
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