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10.4: Change a disk's mount point
Authored by: emale on Aug 11, '05 12:19:28PM

Interesting hint, but does anyone also know a way to mount network volumes to a special directory?

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10.4: Change a disk's mount point
Authored by: ocdinsomniac on Aug 11, '05 12:47:35PM

I might be able to help with this, but I'd need more info: What sort of network mounts? NFS? AFP? What exactly do you want to do?

I use automount to mount an NFS volume at startup. To get the network mount to show up somewhere other than the default mount point (/private/var/automount/server_name), I use an automount map. I also use a symlink for other/additional mount points. I do not know how to do this with AFP mounts (i.e. mounts created via "Connect to Server"). There are also methods using NetInfo Manager, but I've found them less reliable.

If you're interested in learning more about what we're doing, let me know and I'll post detailed info on my blog:

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10.4: Change a disk's mount point
Authored by: AndySpry on Aug 11, '05 01:13:00PM

I would be extremely interested.

I am using NFS to mount the home directories for my family on all our Macs. I currently have one server and three other systems. I have been using NFSManager to create the shares and activate connections. This stores the information in NetInfo. However, it requires manual reconnection after reboot before anyone can log into one of the network accounts. Since I have added a 10.4 iMac G5 to the mix, things have gotten even worse. If the G5 goes to sleep when being used by one of the network accounts, the network account and system are totally hung when waking requiring a power cycle of the system.

I would like a more reliable setup for this since I don't want to start synchronizing home directories on all 4 machines. My server is an older G3 iMac with two mirrored firewire drives. So information redundancy and synchronization overhead are not needed.

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10.4: Change a disk's mount point
Authored by: ocdinsomniac on Aug 11, '05 04:47:02PM

Ugh! That sounds rough.

So I've posted a rather lengthy and detailed article about the method we use in the lab to, among other things, automount NFS exports on our client systems. I'm still proofing it, and there may be a lot you don't need, but hopefully there's something you can use. If you have any questions, feel free to use the comments and I'll answer as soon as I can.

Good luck!

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networked home directories
Authored by: sjk on Aug 13, '05 06:43:48PM

Just curious why you're using NFS instead of AFP on an all-Mac network. There are still apps that use resource forks (e.g. in preferences files), which you lose with NFS.

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